The Brain and Recovery: An Update on the Neuroscience of Addiction

The Brain and Recovery: An Update on the Neuroscience of Addiction

(presentation date January 19, 2016)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The last twenty years produced an explosion of understanding not only about addiction (substance use disorders) but how our brains enable our most human capacities such as hedonic valuation and decision-making. This lecture summarizes the most current neuroscientific research about addiction – research that explains how the brain constructs pleasurable experiences, what happens when this process goes wrong, and why this can have a dramatic impact in our ability to make proper choices.

GOAL

The goal of this presentation is to summarize the most current neuroscientific research about addiction – research that explains how the brain constructs pleasurable experiences, what happens when this process goes wrong, and why this can have a dramatic impact in our ability to make proper choices.

OBJECTIVES

After completing this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize both the relevant neuroanatomy and the latest neuroscientific explanations of substance use disorder pathophysiology as well as correctly interpret SUD symptomology in light of this research.
  2. Describe the evidence supporting substance use disorder as a brain disease but also understand the limitations of the “disease model” in trying to frame addiction as a volitional disorder.
  3. Draw from the latest research on addiction to suggest behavior change and interventions that can impact the different areas of the brain involved in substance use disorders and the specific pathophysiologic deficits they contribute to the process of addiction.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

mccauleyThis course was developed and is presented by Dr. Kevin T. McCauley, MD. Kevin McCauley, MD is a graduate of Drexel University Medical School and is currently matriculated at the University of Utah School of Public Health M.P.H. program. Dr. McCauley is a former Navy flight surgeon and is a co-founder of the Institute for Addiction Study. He serves as the Director of Program Services for New Roads Treatment Center in Utah, and was the former Director of Le Mont Michel in Sandy, Utah. He is currently the President of the Utah Association of Recovery Residences. Dr. McCauley has provided educational lectures on topics related to addiction and recovery for family group and patients at Cirque Lodge in Utah and was the Director of Medical Education for Sober Living By The Sea in California. He is recognized as an engaging lecturer, creative filmmaker, and innovative program designer whose work makes difficult scientific concepts accessible to all, and helps to foster the acceptance of people in recovery as full and valued members of society. His DVD “Pleasure Unwoven” won the 2010 NAATP Michael Q. Ford journalism award. His new DVD, “Memo to Self: Protecting Sobriety with the Science of Safety” was released in January 2016.

Number of CE hours offered

1.5 CEH, approved by MCBAP and NAADAC (specific.) A passing grade of 80% on the final exam is required for CE hours to be awarded.