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Longitudinal Progression of Complex Trauma and Addiction: Case Studies and Interventions

  • 08/18/2017
  • 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM

The conference will spotlight case studies highlighting the necessity of a multi-disciplinary approach in addressing the complexity of trauma combined with addiction.

Addiction has been defined as a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. A series of case studies will highlight the dysfunction in these circuits over time, leading to the characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations.

Presenters will address the science which explains clients’ inability to abstain, with remedies which enhance will power. Speakers will define the essential sequential shifts in thinking patterns that with repetition result in addiction. The conference speakers will discuss interventions addressing the addicts’ dysfunctional emotional and behavioral responses impacting their interpersonal relationships.

Objectives of the Conference
After completion of the symposium, participants will be better able to:
1. Name a structure in the brain involved in social exclusion/social pain and its relationship to addiction.
2. Summarize common tactics utilized to justify continued substance use.
3. Illustrate how literature can be a tool in understanding maladaptive patterns of behavior.
4. Describe cognitive shifts that lead to addiction and are involved in recovery.
5. Define the key federal and state laws governing child protection practices.
6. Cite two examples of the way addiction and attachment disorders mirror and mask one another.
7. Compare and contrast the efficacy of methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone in the treatment of heroin addiction.

Paula Colescott, MD
Christopher La Tourette La Riche, MD
Peter Osterbauer, MD
Ron Green, CDCS
Travis Erickson, MS, MBA
Evelyn Rider, MD
Sherry Young Ph.D. CSAT

Optional Catered Dinner Presentation "Willpower: The Science of Self-Control" presented by Dr La Tourette La Riche

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