The Brain Hijacked Outside Chemical Abuse: Identifying the NeuroPathways of Process Addiction

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 1:00 p.m. EDT, 12:00 p.m. CDT

Despite substantial effort from within DSM 5 work-groups and from the external psychiatric community, the newly published DSM 5 rejected proposals to recognize process addictions related to the Internet, pornography, sex and love, and food, and thus rejected including process addictions as a diagnosable category.

Co-Occurring Disorders: Proper Treatment for Successful Outcomes

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 1:00 p.m. EDT, 12:00 p.m. CDT

Co-Occurring Disorders are becoming more and more prevalent in inpatient drug and alcohol treatment.  Properly diagnosing and treating patients with co-occurring disorders is an essential step for a successful outcome. 

In this webinar Joseph A. Troncale, MD, will cover common diagnoses and treatment options for co-occurring disorders. He will also address the use of Acceptance-Commitment Therapy as an adjunct to traditional treatment. Finally, Dr. Troncale will identify the differences between post-acute withdrawals and true chronic mental health issues.

Family Recovery and Healing Strategies: Moving Past the Damage

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 1:00 p.m. EST, 12:00 p.m. CST, 11:00 a.m. MST, 10:00 a.m. PST

When someone is affected by mental illness or addiction, it can affect the entire family.  When that person enters treatment, the family's pain and confusion doesn't just go away.  Family members need a way to move past the damage that has occurred all while strengthening the ties that hold it together.

Tobacco Use and Addiction Treatment: Debunking the Myths and Becoming Tobacco Free

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 1:00 p.m. EST, 12:00 p.m. CST

The tobacco-free movement in addiction treatment facilities is on the rise. Higher morbidity and mortality rates are some of the contributing factors to this movement, but many facilities have found there are many barriers to overcome.  One facility that went tobacco free was able to overcome these and saw a major improvement in census, quit rates, and prevented the initiation or worsening of tobacco dependence in over 30% of their patients.

Families, Trauma, and Addiction: Broadening the Scope of Family Work in Treatment

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 1:00 p.m. EST, 12:00 p.m. CST

The relationship between trauma and addiction for patients and their family members is a vital part of the recovery process.  Family work in addiction treatment allows the patient and their loved ones to recognize the impact of acute/chronic trauma on family formation, system functioning, enabling behaviors, and other boundary issues. However, trauma/PTSD has an impact on treatment efficiency and patient/family relapse as well.

Exploring New Perspectives of Psychological Trauma

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 1:00 p.m. EST, 12:00 p.m. CST

Autonomic nervous system regulation is providing a new perspective on the facilitation of recovery for those suffering from the effects of psychological trauma. By putting a heavy focus on the autonomic nervous system through bottom-up processing, positive changes in emotions, cognitions, and behaviors have occurred.

Exploring the Reliability, Frequency, and Methods of Drug Testing to Ensure Compliance

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

Statics have shown that testing for alcohol can be one of the toughest things for a treatment facility. To discuss and explore these different testing methods, Dr. Gregory Skipper will give an overview of alcohol biomarkers and provide data around monitoring practices used within PHP programs (Physician Health Programs).
Dr. Skipper will also discuss the pros and cons of different monitoring methods used in alcohol programs. Register today to be a part of this informative discussion!
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Incorporating Experiential Education in Your Treatment Program

Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 12:00 p.m. EST, 11:00 a.m. CST

Experientially-based methods are now being widely used by addiction and mental health professionals and programs. This webinar will explore the principals of experiential methods and what incites professionals to incorporate it into their practices and advocate for its use.

The speaker will also provide registrants with resources and tools to help understand and properly incorporate Experiential Education in their own practices. Don’t miss out on this important and informative discussion!

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Surviving Pay for Performance: Prepare Your Substance Abuse Program for Success

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 1:00 p.m. EDT, 12:00 p.m. CDT

With the growing trend of pay for performance models, it's now more important than ever to implement an outcomes and performance management process. In this presentation, Christy Winter and Krista McClinton will present a comprehensive overview of the need for performance management in addiction and substance abuse services in order to survive in a pay for performance environment. They will also provide a firsthand account of how Mind Springs Health was able to implement successful processes within their own program in order to achieve success.  

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?

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