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Addition and Recovery 2021: The Latest Finding from Neuroscience Research

June 10, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 11:45 am


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Thursday, June 10, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | 3 CEUs
“Addiction and Recovery 2021: The Latest Findings from Neuroscience Research” with Kevin McCauley, MD

Research in neuroscience provides an evidence-based and comprehensive under-standing of addiction that fits well with the experiences of people needing, seeking, and in recovery. There are several insightful and well-articulated arguments challenging the disease conceptualization of addiction, but two important areas of research – epigenetics and psychoneuroimmunology – greatly advance awareness of how environmental stress creates vulnerability to addiction. This lecture reviews the most up-to-date science of addiction, the current arguments for and against addiction’s conceptualization as a disease, and how the principles of recovery management counter the pathophysiology of addiction and improve a recovering person’s chances of achieving long-term recovery.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the latest neuroscientific explanations of substance use disorder pathophysiology and interpret Substance Use Disorder symptomology in light of this research.
2. Describe and analyze the arguments for and against the conceptualization of addiction as a brain disease.
3. Define psychoneuroimmunology and explain its connection to substance use disorder.
4. Define social determinants of health and explain the role they play in vulnerability to substance use disorder.

Dr. Kevin McCauley is a non-practicing physician who has worked in the field of addiction treatment for nearly two decades. Kevin first became interested in the treatment of substance use disorders while serving as a Naval Flight Surgeon for Marine Corps heavy-lift helicopter and fighter/attack squadrons. Kevin has over ten years of continuous sobriety and has worked in a non-clinical capacity at several treatment centers giving lectures on the neuroscience of addiction and recovery management concepts. His career path has taken him from Orange County, California to Salt Lake City, Utah where he currently serves as Director of Program Services at New Roads Behavioral Health in Sandy and Provo. He has given over two thousand lectures on addiction and recovery throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe and Australia. Kevin also continues to assist pilots with substance use disorders through his collaboration with the Air Line Pilots Association’s HIMS Program. Dr. McCauley is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows. He wrote and directed two films: Memo to Self, exploring the concepts of recovery management, and Pleasure Unwoven, on neuroscience of addiction. He won the 2010 Michael Q. Ford Award for Journalism from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers.



June 10, 2021
8:30 am - 11:45 am




Central Nebraska Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, Inc.
(308) 385-5520
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