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You Can’t Just Talk It Out of Them – The Neurobiology of the Addicted Mind

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A multi-modal approach which addresses the physical and neurobiological aspects of addiction in addition to the emotional and psychological has been shown to be the most effective method of treating addiction.  This workshop will address the underlying neurobiological etiology and mechanics of addiction. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the neurobiological considerations that must be taken into account when treating clients with addiction(s) for maximum success. 

In addition, attendees will be taught to more fully question and explore the diagnoses previously given to their “co-occurring” clients. They will gain an understanding of the neurobiological and physical changes occurring within the addicted client which can often mimic common primary psychiatric and medical diagnoses, and thus result in misdiagnosis and direction for treatment.

Clinicians are often aware and focused on the behavioral changes taking place in a client suffering from addiction but remain relatively unaware of the neurological changes. Because neurological changes have great impact on both executive functioning and motivational hierarchies it is important to consider them both in diagnosing and treating addiction clients.

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“You can’t just talk it out of them” explains the neurochemical impact of addiction and the benefits of multimodal treatment. In addition, clinicians will be challenged to explore and question the “co-occurring” primary psychiatric diagnoses their clients have been given based on a client’s self-reported symptomology or observed behaviors.


Ashish Bhatt, MDBorn in England and raised in Florida; Ashish Bhatt, MD, is recognized as one of South Florida’s leading psychiatrists. Dr. Bhatt is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both Child and Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. He is also Board Certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Bhatt has extensive experience in substance abuse, psychiatric and co-occurring diagnosis programs for adults and adolescents, and has served as the Medical Director of The Recovery Place in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida since 2011. Dr. Bhatt did his Fellowship at the University of Miami, at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida where he also served as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Chief and Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Inpatient and Emergency Crisis Services.

Dr. Bhatt believes that a current and accurate diagnosis is essential to providing effective treatment. He takes an ecological and holistic approach to diagnosis; evaluating the medical, neurological, biological, psychological, environmental, and sociological domains of a client’s current condition. Although the complex clients he sees may arrive with multiple prior diagnoses and treatment episodes, Dr. Bhatt begins the assessment and psychiatric evaluation process anew. This ensures that every patient has an accurate diagnosis that addresses where they are now, and not where they were in the past. “I don’t take a previous diagnosis at face value,” he says. At The Recovery Place, every patient gets a second opinion.”

A devoted family man, Dr. Bhatt is married and has two sons. He lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and has many varied interests including boating, woodworking, cooking, fine dining, and skateboarding with his son.

Learning Objectives:

1. Attendees will be able to articulate the neurochemical and neuroanatomical relationships in the addiction process, and give 5 examples of resulting symptoms and/or characteristic behaviors.

2. Attendees will be able to give 3 examples of altered motivational hierarchies that take place in addicted minds.

3. Attendees will be able to give 3 examples of how the presentation of neurobiological and neuroanatomical changes within the brain can be misinterpreted, leading to the inaccurate diagnosis and treatment of the “co-occurring” client.


CE’s Provided: (3)

CE Provider: Carol Clark, PhD, LMHC, CAP

Continuing Education provided by Dr. Carol L. Clark, Provider #50-550/BAP585. This course (#20-390784) is approved for 3 CEUs by the Florida Board of Nursing, expires 10/13; Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling, expires 3/15; the Florida Board of Psychology, expires 5/14; the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition; and the Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery.

Disciplines Applicable: Social Work, Psychology, Nursing


Workshop Information:

Date: May 31st, 2013

Time: 8:00am-12:00pm

Location: Maggiano’s Little Italy Boca Raton, 21090 St. Andrews Blvd, Boca Raton

Phone Number: 561-361-8244



Registration and Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am

Introduction: 8:30am – 9:00am

Workshop Begins: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Workshop Closes: 12:00pm


Please Register Early! Seating is limited.

Register here or to register by phone, please call Jeanette Lisalda at 866-825-1104.


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

ADA Accomodations: 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.