With heavy hearts we have decided to cancel our 2020 conference due to safety reasons surrounding Covid. Please join us in 2021 for an even bigger and better conference. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. 


When:  Wednesday, October 7th, 2020
8:30am – 7:30pm (Dinner included)

What: Full day of informative and engaging workshops, keynote addresses by national industry leaders, awards luncheon, access to vendors, networking opportunities and much more.


NSLA members – $100

Non-Members – $125

Where: Tuscany Suites & Casino 

  • 255 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169
  • Room rate is $79.00 per night (reference National Sober Living Association room rates). Reservations made by calling hotel directly at (702) 893-8933.
  • Within walking distance to The Strip, fitness center, pool, several restaurants, spa and more located in hotel.

Schedule & Speakers:

8:00 – 8:30 am.  Registration Opens

8:30 – 9:00 am.  Welcome  Megan Frankl, Executive Director of National Sober Living Association.

9:00 – 10:00 am.  Session 1:  “Outcomes for Residents of Sober Living Homes and Strategies for Making them Better”, Douglas L. Polcin, Ed.D., MFT – Dr. Polcin is the Research Program Director & Behavioral Health and Recovery Studies at the Public Health Institute in Lafayette, CA. In this workshop he will present results of careful, unbiased studies and principles of Social Model recovery, which is central for Sober Living Homes.  

10:15 – 11:15 am.  Session 2: “Sober Living Dynamics: You, Them & Us,Gwen Westerlund, LPC, NCC, MAC, MATS – Ms. Westerlund is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Colorado. She will address how personalities, perspectives and patterns affect and influence dynamics within the home. Her workshop will include how to identify define and maladaptive behavior patterns along with techniques to proactively motivate change before the atmosphere of recovery is dampened.

11:30 – 12:30 pm. Sessions 3: “Building Community”, Sol Ryan, The Retreat – Mr. Ryan is part of the leadership team at The Retreat, a recovery program  in the field of alcoholism and addiction located in Wayzata, MN. His main responsibilities include Sober Living, Alumni and Community Relations. In addition to his management of all 78 of The Retreat’s sober living beds, Sol actively teaches and trains The Retreat’s model. With over a decade of recovery, Sol is actively involved in both the Twin Cities and national recovery communities. Sol is a member of the National Sober Living Association (NSLA), Minnesota Association of Sober homes (MASH), National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) and he is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Steve Rummler Hope Network.

12:30 – 1:30 pm.  Networking Lunch – light lunch provided.

1:30 – 2:30 pm.  Session 4:”Working with Drug Courts and Probation: Integrating Sober Living into Community Corrections”, Sondra Buckles, M.S. – Ms. Buckles has been with the ND Department of Corrections since 2012. She obtained a Master’s Degree from the University of Cincinnati in Analysis of Criminal Behavior. She has worked different caseloads within probation to include the South Central District Drug Court Coordinator for 3 years. She has supervised many individuals within community corrections who have resided at sober living facilities. Her insight can shed light as to what has worked, what has not worked and what type of individuals she has seen success with within sober living homes.

3:45 – 4:45 pm.  Session 5: 20 Minute Mini Sessions            

A) “Create, Grow, Maintain: Building Relationships with Referral Sources”, Jon Wagenman & Whit Smith – Founders of Farmview Sober Living Homes in Nashville, TN. Farmview Homes began with one home in 2016 and has now expanded to six homes. Jon and Whit have expanded their organization built on technology, ethical practices and building community with referral sources.                                                                                                

B) “It’s the Law”, Judith Roberts Esq.  Judith Earned her Juris Doctorate at the University of North Dakota School of Law and has served as a former criminal defense attorney for the disadvantaged. She has worked extensively within the political system to bring about changes for others.

C)”12 Step Meeting Etiquette: Developing Relationships within the 12 Step Community”, Karl Moris – Puente House Owner & Operator. With over 20 years of experience and as past President of the Sober Living Network in Southern California, Karl brings a wealth of practical knowledge and experience in relations within 12 Step fellowships.

5:30-7:30 Spiritus Award Dinner & Keynote Speaker

Sponsorship Opportunities


Email: Nationalsoberliving @  or call (701) 516-2912

The NSLA offers an annual national conference, as well as regional workshops and training in various aspects of the operation and leadership of sober living homes.

Overseeing the operation of a sober living home presents challenges that aren’t obvious to the casual observer or to the hopeful entrepreneur. Too many people open sober living homes without adequate preparation and training. That can cause great harm to vulnerable residents struggling to stay clean and sober. To be successful, you need a broader set of skills than is required in most businesses and NSLA can help you with that success. The successful operation of sober living requires skill and training. Like many businesses, it’s easy to make mistakes through lack of knowledge and preparation—mistakes that can have serious financial consequences and can cause harm to individuals at risk who are dependent on safe, supportive and well-managed sober living. The NSLA offers training for operators, managers and those interested in opening sober living homes. Our training offers participants a chance to learn about the best practices employed today, and to interact with others facing similar challenges. Our instructors have extensive experience in the field. We’re dedicated to maintaining high standards of professionalism, and offer these workshops as one way of promoting excellence in sober living operation and management.

All conferences, training and workshops are open to anyone in the community.