The Addicted Brain
1-day workshop Facilitated by Professor Iain McGregor
Workshop Overview:
Workshop Code: CPD043
This 1-day workshop will assist mental health professionals and those working in the drug and alcohol field to better understand the biological basis of addictive Date: 30 November 2011
behaviours and the current range of pharmacological treatments that are Time: 9.00am-5.00pm
available for treating addictions. Workshop participants will learn how drugs Coordinator: Michelle Everett
of abuse (eg. alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, ecstasy, heroin, methamphetamine) Full Fee: $450
affect the brain and behaviour and how genes and environment interact Early Bird: $395
to influence addiction vulnerability. Key current neurobiological theories of Early Bird closing date: 16 Nov 11
addiction will be reviewed as will the relative harms of various drugs and co-morbidity between addictions and mental illness. Current detoxification Registrations and Further
and maintenance treatments for drug addictions will be examined from an Information: Agnes D’Souza
evidence based perspective and some consideration of on-pharmacological Email: agnes.dsouza@
addictions (eg. gambling) and their treatment will be provided. Various case studies and group exercises will be used through the day to enhance learning.
Venue: NSW Institute of Psychiatry
Powerpoint-based presentations and video material will focus on current patterns of drug and alcohol use in Australia, the harms that they cause, and the optimal treatment of these addictions, with an emphasis on pharmacological treatments. The workshop starts with a primer on the mode of action of various drugs in the brain (nicotine, heroin, cannabis, alcohol, amphetamines, MDMA) and the brain changes (“neuroadaptations”) that occur during the transition to compulsive drug use. Genetic factors underlying addictive behaviors are Directions: www.nswiop.nsw.edu.au
considered. The day progresses with a detailed overview of addictions to various classes of addictive drugs (alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, opiates, prescription drugs, stimulants) and current treatments for these addictions. Case studies and vignettes will be discussed in group sessions. A comprehensive website CUMBERLAND
has been developed to complement the workshop and to provide participants DUNLOP ST
with ongoing access to reference material and tutorial exercises. Participants will NEW
have an opportunity to test their own knowledge of the material presented.
Leagues Club
What is addiction and who is addicted?
• Australia’s favourite drugs: licit, illicit, over the counter, and prescription Parramatta
• Quantifying drug-related harms to society and the individual PARRAMA
• Neuropharmacology for dummies: how drugs affect the brain ARGYLE ST
• Agonist, antagonist and partial agonist approaches to treatment Parramatta
• Pharmacogenomics: why people vary in their vulnerability to addiction • Neuroadaptations: what is different about the addicted brain? PITT STREET
• Contemporary theories of addiction: incentive • Co-morbidity of addiction and psychopathology The New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry Turn over for info on Topics Covered and
information about your Workshop Leader
About your workshop leader:
• Binge drinking and the adolescent brain • Detoxification strategies: inpatient and outpatient approaches • Current maintenance treatments: naltrexone, acamprosate and antabuse • Treatments of s the future: baclofen, CRF antagonists, NK antagonists • The role of psychosocial support: AA, CBT, motivational interviewing Nicotine
• Nicotine and the brain: what causes our strangest and deadliest addiction? • Comorbidity of tobacco use and other addictions/mental health problems • The different forms of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT ) • Alternative treatments: varenicline and bupropion. Adverse reactions to these.
• The role of psychosocial support.
Iain has given numerous invited keynote addresses Cannabis
• Does cannabis addiction and withdrawal exist? • What exactly are the harms of cannabis use? • Cannabis in fat tissue: why it takes so long to detox • Detoxification strategies: inpatient and outpatient approaches • New strategies: oral THC, mirtazapine, lithium, oxytocin Heroin
• The myths and reality of heroin addiction • Detoxification strategies: inpatient and outpatient approaches • Whatever happened to ultra-rapid opiate detox? • Maintenance treatments: methadone, buprenorphine and natrexone • New strategies: the “O’Neill” implant and depot naltrexone injections • Ethical issues arising from coercive treatments.
Prescription drugs
• Our hidden addictions: prescription opiates and benzodiazepines • Treatment: tapering and drug substitution strategies • Do people become addicted to antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs? Methamphetamine, MDMA (Ecstasy) and cocaine
• The history and prevalence of amphetamine addictions • Dealing with the crazed Ice addict: a guide to rapid tranquillisation • Acute withdrawal from amphetamine: role of benzodiazepines and modafinil • Maintenance treatments: antidepressants and antipsychotic drugs • Similarities & differences between methamphetamine and cocaine addiction The New South Wales
• ADHD: implications for giving amphetamines to children Institute of Psychiatry
• Implications for non-pharmacological addictions: gambling, paraphilias, internet • What about a “do nothing” approach? • What will the future look like? Neurosurgery/brain stimulation for addictions

Source: http://www.psychology.org.au/Events/Downloads/634565156152702991_CPD043_Flyer_Sem2_2011.pdf

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