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Addiction and the Brain: Common Neurochemistry of Trauma, Pain and Addiction

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Recent brain research has revealed that trauma and chronic pain affect the same brain centers as addiction. The treatment of these disorders is complex, and it is imperative to look at the neurobiology of trauma and chronic pain separately so as to understand how these neurologically-based experiences present in the addicted brain.  How they interact with each other, the effect of prescription medications, and how they affect the reward center of the brain will inform treatment and recovery.  Additionally, new brain research has also revealed a powerful relationship between certain hyperpalatable foods and addiction, affecting the same reward centers, and adding to the complexity of diagnosis and treatment of addiction, trauma and chronic pain.

This workshop will explore current research in these three areas.   What effect does childhood trauma, chronic pain, and food chemistry have on the addictive process, including recovery and relapse?  What happens to the brain and body before, during, and after treatment? How is long term sustainable recovery affected?  How is relapse prevention impacted? What are the suggested protocols for treatment and the recommendations for clients with trauma and chronic pain based on current findings in brain prevention reserach?

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DATE:  Friday, September 12, 2014
TIME:  8am – 12:30pm
LOCATION:  Hope and Healing Center
717 Sage Rd, Houston, TX 77056

Seating is limited!
Please register by September 10th. 

7:30am – 8:00am      Registration
8:00am – 8:15am       Intro
8:15am – 9:15am        Presentation I – Dr. Christopher La Riche, MD
9:15am – 10:15am     Presentation II – Dr. Michael Baron, MD, MPH, FASAM
(15 min. Break)
10:30am – 11:30am   Presentation III – Dr. Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH
11:30am – 12:30pm   Panel Discussion and Q&A


Part I – TRAUMA: Christopher LaRiche, MD
The Child is Father of the Man; Neurobiological Crossroads of Trauma, Addiction and Mood Disorders
This presentation examines the three basic elements of the neuro-endocrine system altered in early life trauma that can affect mood, anxiety and addiction.

Learning Objectives:
1.  Explain a simple teaching model of the neurobiology of addiction to clients and their families.
2.  Name and briefly explain at least 3 early life events that have correlated with later life mood and addictive disorders.

Part II – PAIN: Michael Baron, MD
The Added Complexity of Chronic Pain
This presentation discusses how pain aggravates addiction and addiction aggravates pain.  This vicious cycle compromises treatment; we can’t treat one without treating the other.

Learning Objectives:
1.  Explain the basic anatomy, pathology and physiology of chronic pain and addiction.
2.  Discuss how pain impacts addiction and how addiction impacts pain.

Part III – FOOD: Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH FACP 
The Icing on the Cake
Food and Addiction: The Relationship Between Food, Recovery and Relapse
This presentation discusses current research on hyper-palatable foods and their impact on the brain, addiction, and recovery

Learning Objectives:
1.  Describe why cross addictions between food and traditional substances of abuse take place.
2.  Identify the three key integrative lifestyle elements that form the foundation for the treatment of addictive like eating behaviors.
3. Understand the relationship between “hyper-palatable” food products and their effect on the brain’s reward center.


Christopher La Tourette La Riche, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist, award-winning psychotherapist and board-certified addiction psychiatrist. He specializes in treating patients with addictive disorders, anxiety, depression, panic disorder, bipolar disorder and adult ADHD, using a humanistic approach that treats the whole person, not just the disease.

Michael Baron, MD, MPH, FASAM, Director of Behavioral Health is triple board certified in Psychiatry, Anesthesiology and Addiction Medicine, and has practiced in the Nashville area since 1998 in Private practice, at Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and Parthenon Pavilion. Dr. Baron has a passion for treating addictions and mental health issues, particularly among licensed professionals. He specializes in treating chronic pain and addiction.

Dr. Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of nutrition and fitness. She is a Pew Foundation Scholar in Nutrition and Metabolism, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland. Dr. Peeke is Senior Science Advisor to Elements Behavioral Health, establishing a national platform to address the relationship between food, nutrition and recovery.

Jason Powers, MD / Physician and Medical Director at The Right Step
Scott Basing, PhD / Founding Executive Director, The Hope and Healing Center – ST. Martins’ Episcopal Church of Houston

( 4 ) CEs will be offered upon completion of this program. 

Elements Behavioral Health is an NBCC approved Continuing Education provider (ACEP #6580) and mayo ffer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspecitc of the program. Elements is also a provider for NAADAC (NAADAC Approved Education Provider Program No. 624), and NASW; this program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers, (Provider No. 886487573) for ( 4 ) Social Work continuing education contact hours.
Elements Behavioral Health maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for ( 4 ) continuing education credits.
Participants should check with their respective State Boards to confirm acceptance of these credits.

Refunds are provided when canceling 7 days before the event. No refunds available if canceling within 7 days of event.

ADA accommodations:  If you require ADA accommodations, please contact our office at least 7 days in advance of the event so that we can ensure accommodations are made.

There is no commercial support for this program not are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.