Media & Speaking

Media Appearances

Jeff has appeared on NBC News, ABC News, WGN-Radio and Rogers TV- Canada

He is frequently contacted by the media to provide a professional view or to be interviewed on current issues and topics related to addiction, alcohol and drug use and LGBT individuals.

Speaking Engagements

Jeff speaks extensively at conferences and conventions as well as in smaller group settings.  If you are interested in having Jeff speak at your conference or workshop, please contact him at jeff.zacharias@gmail.com.

Speaking Engagements Coming Up:

2017 Speaking Engagements

“Process Addiction & The LGBTQ Community” Finding Freedom Symposium/Palm Springs, CA – January 13-15, 2017

2016 Speaking Engagements

Finding Freedom Symposium/Palm Springs, CA – January 15-16, 2016

International Institute for Trauma and Addiction (IITAP) Conference/Phoenix, AZ – February 18-20, 2016

“Sex, Drugs and HIV” Contemporary Relationships Conference & Expo/ Austin, TX – May 13-14, 2016

“The Intersection of HIV and Trauma Informed Care in the LGBTQI Community” 28th Annual National Conference on Social Work and HIV & AIDS/Minneapolis, MN – May 26-29, 2016

“Process Addictions and the LGBTQ Community: Diverse Community, Diverse Treatment”  West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders (WCSAD) / La Quinta, CA – June 2-5, 2016

“Creating Equity in The LGBTQI Community: Mental Health Services and Addiction Treatment for All” National Association of Social Workers (NASW) National Conference/Washington D.C. – June 22-25, 2016

“Addiction, Mental Health & Trauma in the LGBTQI Community: Providing Hope for an Under-Served Population” Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development/ Seoul, Korea – June 27-30, 2016

“How to Erase Stigma in the LGBTQI Community “ National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) National Convention/ Denver, CO – July 6-9, 2016

“Chemsex in the City:  The Intersection of Drugs, Sex, Technology and HIV/AIDS”  National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD)/Denver, CO – August 18-21, 2016

“Process Addictions & the LGBT Community:Diverse Community, Diverse Treatment” Full Day Seminar/ Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders (CCSAD)/Hyannis, MA – September 8-11, 2016

NAADAC – The Association for Addiction Professionals National Conference/Minneapolis, MN – October 7-11, 2016

Illinois Probation & Court Services Association (IPCSA) 2016 Fall Conference/ Tinley Park, IL – October 26-28, 2016

“Addiction, Mental Health, and Trauma in the LGBTQI Community” NASWIL/Chicago, IL – December 12, 2016 SOLD OUT

 

2015 Speaking Engagements

“Process Addictions and the LGBTQ Community: Diverse Community, Diverse Treatment” International Institute for Trauma and Addiction (IITAP) Conference/Phoenix, AZ – February 12-15, 2015

“Changing The Numbers:  Addiction and Suicide in the LGBT Community” LGBT Equality Institute of Equality Illinois/Chicago, IL – March 21, 2015

“Sex, Drugs and HIV/AIDS:  The Interplay in the LGBT Community” National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS / New Orleans, LA – May 21-24, 2015

“Sex and Love Addiction and Trauma in the LGBT Community” West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders (WCSAD) / La Quinta, CA – May 28-31, 2015

“Addiction and the LBGTQI Community: Providing Hope for an Underserved Population” and “Behavioral Addictions” Rutgers University  Summer School of Addiction Studies / New Brunswick, NJ – July 6-11, 2015

“Working with the LGBTQI Community:  Providing Hope for an Underserved Population? and “Mental Health, Trauma and Addiction” National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month – National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) /  El Paso, TX – July 16, 2015

“Sex, Love and Relationship Addiction in the LGBT Community:  What’s Trauma Got To Do With It?”   National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD)/St. Louis, MO – August 1-4, 2015

“The Interplay Of Trauma & Addiction In The LGBT Community” Addiction Studies Institute (ASI) / Columbus, OH –  August 12-14, 2015

“Sex, Love and Relationship Addiction in the LGBTQI Community:  Interventions for an Underserved Community” Lifestyle Intervention Conference / Las Vegas, NV – October 5-7, 2015

“Sexual Compulsivity, Addiction and Trauma in the LGBTQI Community” Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH)  Conference / Philadelphia, PA  - October 8-10, 2015

2014 Speaking Engagements

“Addiction and the LGBT Community – Providing Hope for an Underserved Community” National Association of Social Workers (NASW) National Conference/Washington D.C. – July 23-26, 2014

“The Vicious Cycle of Trauma and Addiction in the LGBT Community” National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD)/St. Louis, MO – August 22-26, 2014

“The Interplay of Mental Illness, Trauma and Addiction in the LGBT Community” National Association on Mental Illness (NAMI) National Conference/Washington D.C. – September 3-6, 2014

“Process Addictions and the LGBTQ Community: Diverse Community, Diverse Treatment” Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders (CCSAD)/Hyannis, MA – September 11-14, 2014

“Process Addictions and the LGBT Community: Diverse Population, Diverse Treatment” NAADAC – The Association for Addiction Professionals National Conference/Seattle, WA September 27-30, 2014

2013 Speaking Engagements

“Cruise Control Revisited” - Workshop 1:  ”Addiction and the LGBT Community – Understanding the Intersection Between the Two”  The Center on Halsted/Chicago, IL March 13, 2013

“Addiction, the LGBT Community and the Workplace – Treating a Community With Heightened Visibility” Northern Illinois Employee Assistance Professionals Association (NIEAPA) 35th Annual Conference – June 4, 2013

“Process Addictions and the LGBTQI Community:  Diverse Community, Diverse Treatment” National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) Conference/Anaheim, CA – September 21-25, 2013

“The Interplay of Trauma and Addiction in the LGBTQI Community” NAADAC – The Association for Addiction Professionals National Conference/Atlanta, GA – October 11-14, 2013

“Addiction and the LGBTQI Community – Understanding the Intersection Between the Two” National Association of Social Workers Illinois Statewide Conference 2013/Chicago, IL – October 28-30, 2013

Professional Publications

Praxis: Where Reflection and Practice Meet –Fall 2010 Volume 10

“The Bullying of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Intersex (GLBTQI) Adolescents in the School System” – Jeff Zacharias

Addiction Professional Magazine – December 2012

“Eating Disorders and Gay Male Culture” – Jeff Zacharias

Renew Magazine – Sober Voices Blog:  ”Recovering With Pride”

“Sometimes, We Must Create Our Own Family” (Dec. 2012) – Jeff Zacharias

“How To Deal With New Year Expectations” (Jan. 2013) – Jeff Zacharias

“Don’t Let Someone Else’s Issues Become Your Shame” (April 2013) – Jeff Zacharias

Renew Magazine – Winter 2013, “LGBT and Sober”

Awards

Jeff has received a number of awards, including:

2015 Social Worker of the Year - National Association of Social Workers Illinois (NASW – IL)

Social Worker Spotlight through the National Association of Social Workers – March 2013

Sierra Tucson “Spirit Award” – November 2013

University of Illinois at Chicago/Jane Addams College of Social Work – Adjunct Faculty

Jeff is a Member of the Following Organizations:

  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors – Board Member (NAADAC)
  • National Association of Lesbian and Gay Addiction Professionals – Board Member (NALGAP)
  • Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)
  • The World Professional Association for Transgender Health, Inc. (WPATH)
  • Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH)
  • The Chicago Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce