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.