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Addiction & Recovery: Latest Findings from Neuroscience

April 25, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Virtual Zoom Training Presented by Dr. Kevin McCauley, Senior Fellow at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare, and Co-Sponsored by SFCAMFT

How Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/addiction-and-recovery-2021-the-latest-findings-from-neuroscience-tickets-148501835989

Training Description:

Research in neuroscience provides an evidence-based and comprehensive understanding 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.

Training Outline:

Addiction- a disorder of reward learning, decision-making and self-awareness: Definitions of addiction and disease, Discrepant research findings that challenge the “disease model” of addiction

Recent advances in the pathophysiology of addiction: Epigenetics: a new understanding of heritability of addiction & recovery, Psychoneuroimmunology: the gut-brain-immune loop

The Five Current, Leading Neuroscientific Explanations of Addiction: Genetic vulnerability, Dopamine and reward processing, Pathology of memory and learning, Stress and the “Dark Side” of addiction, Pathology of motivation and Choice

The Implications of a Disease of Volition: Avoiding relapse with a broken risk processor, Recovery Management as risk management, Evidence base for AA, What aviation safety programs can teach us about recovery, The Social Determinants of Choice

The webinar includes downloadable handouts of the slides.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course participants should be able to-

Describe the latest neuroscientific explanations of substance use disorder pathophysiology and interpret Substance Use Disorder symptomology in light of this research.

Describe and analyze the arguments for and against the conceptualization of addiction as a brain disease.

Define psychoneuroimmunology and explain its connection to substance use disorder.

Define social determinants of health and explain the role they play in vulnerability to substance use disorder.

Fees & Continuing Education Credits:

1.5 CEs + SFCAMFT Member: $15 (plus ticket fees) (Promo Code: SFCAMFT0425)

1.5 CEs + Non-Member: $20 (plus ticket fees)

No CEs: Free to attend or view

The workshop is designed for mental health professionals and provides 1.5 CEs for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

Pre-registration is required by Saturday, April 24th 2021.

****By attending the live event, you consent to your voice and/or likeness being recorded and heard/seen by those viewing the recording of the training****

Presenter: Dr. Kevin McCauley is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows of Wickenburg, Arizona. Dr. McCauley wrote and directed two films: “Memo to Self” about the concepts of recovery management, and “Pleasure Unwoven” about the neuroscience of addiction which won the 2010 Michael Q. Ford Award for Journalism from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. Kevin lives with his wife, Kristine, in Sedona, Arizona.



April 25, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Zoom online


Kristy Noryko