Webinars

Legalized Impairment and Its Impact on Drug Treatment Programs

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 1 p.m. EST, 12:00 p.m. CST

With recreational marijuana now legal in two states, drug treatment programs have been placed in a tough spot. Can we continue to drug test for a legal substance? And if we do, what happens when someone tests positive? Is there basis in law for sanctions or is legalizing marijuana inadvertently legalizing impairment in drug treatment?

Continuing Care: The New Frontier of Addiction Treatment

Thursday, December 5, 2013, 1:00 PM ET, 12:00 PM CT

More treatment centers are recognizing that primary treatment is just one facet of patient care and are applying more resources toward discharge planning, which, if done correctly, is a thoughtful and proactive process that starts on the day of admission. In many cases, it’s incredibly difficult for a person leaving treatment to return to his or her home environment where many of the toxic contributors to addiction are still there waiting for the patient.

Trust but Verify: The Role of Objective Drug, Alcohol and Infectious Disease Testing Data in a Clinical Setting

Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 1:00 PM ET, 12:00 PM CT

Drug abuse and related risk behaviors are among the nation's most urgent public health priorities. Because drug addiction is typically a chronic disorder, most successful programs include regular monitoring.  Oral fluid testing is cutting edge technology that accurately identifies drug and alcohol use as well as detects HIV and HCV, safeguards the dignity of the donors, and enables treatment providers to assist those in need of help.

Loss in Sports: The Addicted Athlete

Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT, 12:00 PM CDT

Contemporary sports psychology, the current authority for studying sport behavior, focuses primarily on the rational, quantitative study of athletes and athletics, with the end goal of making the athlete bigger, stronger and faster - so that he or she can win. Dealing with the experience of loss is largely neglected in this field. In fact, not a single introductory sport psychology textbook contains a chapter titled “Loss” or “Defeat.”

Understanding the Relationship between Intimacy-Avoidance, Cross-Addiction, & Relapse

Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT, 12:00 PM CDT

This presentation provides practical insight into how survival of childhood abuse and neglect along with attachment-based losses can evolve into adult addictions and personality challenges. Addicts with personality and/or intimacy problems can express both arrogance and unavailability along with the deep inner despair of low-self esteem and longing.

Therapy Works: Let’s Better Understand How to Improve Outcomes

Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT, 12:00 PM CDT

The objective of this presentation is to hone in on what makes therapy effective. Dr. Philip Herschman will explore the impact of various evidenced-based practices to better understand how therapy works. He will focus on the therapeutic alliance, which the data tells us is the most important factor in a successful outcome while the patient is in treatment. 

Attendees will be presented with a solution to measuring the therapeutic alliance in real time and using the results to immediately impact the patient/counselor relationship.

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The Brain Fix: Using Nutrition and Neuroscience in Recovery

Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT, 12:00 PM CDT

This webinar will address the significant influence that diet has on how the brain heals during recovery. Poor eating habits and eating disorders take a toll on mental function, but with proper nutrients, nerves are regenerated, proper circuitry is restored, neurotransmitters are replaced, and optimal brain functioning is possible.

Emerging Drug Trends 2013: Beyond Synthetics and Bath Salts

Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT, 12:00 PM CDT

This webinar will provide a brief review of the current trend associated with the synthetic drugs known as “Bath Salts” and the “Synthetic Cannabinoids.” The focus will be to introduce and discuss newer emerging substances, some of which are being promoted as alternatives to K2/Spice and Bath Salts.

Some of the trends to be discussed include the increase in usage of Kratom an unregulated leaf, and the re-emergence of hallucinogens such as DMT and 2 C1, as well as other compounds emerging from chemists in Europe.

Dueling Diagnoses – Complicated Pain and Addiction: Identifying & Unlocking the Perpetuating Factors & Treatment Strategies

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 1:00 PM EDT, 12:00 PM CDT

“Chronic pain” can imply a hopeless and permanent condition. “Complicated pain” more accurately conveys the nature of this multi-factorial condition, and hints at the integrative strategy that is required to successfully treat it. In this webinar, Dr. Jerry Lerner, Chief of Pain Medicine at Sierra Tucson, will explore the underlying factors that can perpetuate unresolved pain.

Personality Structure and Addiction: A Psychodynamic Understanding

Thursday, May 30, 2013 1:00 PM EDT, 12:00 PM CDT

Narcissistic. Borderline. Psychopathic. Each of these names elicit a charged affective response. This presentation will undertake a deep understanding of these personality types as they each pertain to the addict or alcoholic. As a large portion of drug and alcohol treatment utilizes a cognitive-behavioral approach for case conceptualization, this presentation will follow the work of McWilliams and offer a psychodynamic understanding of addictive behavior.

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