This session will provide attendees an opportunity to understand the disease of addiction with a broader perspective. Two approaches will be utilized. Dr. Stephen Taylor will discuss the 2011 ASAM Short Definition of Addiction, and how it paves the way for the acceptance of what have previously been known as “process addictions” into our understanding of the clinical syndrome of addiction disease. Dr. Taylor will discuss some of the neurobiological processes that research has elucidated in syndromes of addiction to several substances, and in behavioral compulsions such as gambling addiction, sex addiction and food addiction. He will illustrate some of the similarities and differences between those processes. Finally, Dr. Taylor will discuss some of the evidence-based behavioral treatment approaches to addiction syndromes involving opioids, stimulants and alcohol, and highlight some of the similarities and differences between those and the evidence-based behavioral treatment approaches to behavioral addictions such as compulsive gambling, sex addiction and food addiction.
Dr. Brent Boyett will then provide a discussion of hedonic tone, pain, and the conceptual, “user-friendly” understanding of addiction. He will then discuss some of the established, evidence-based pharmacotherapies for opioid addiction, alcohol use disorder and tobacco use disorder, and compare these established and highly effective treatment strategies with the nascent and largely experimental emerging treatments for stimulant use disorder, cannabis use disorder and some of the behavioral addictions.
Sponsor: Pathway Healthcare