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The Addiction Studies Institute is the largest midwest conference
of its kind providing an array of dynamic
educational choices for the chemical
prevention specialist, criminal justice professional, clergy, physician,
marriage and family therapist, nurse, and other healthcare specialists.
In addition to general sessions, participants can select from more than 55 concurrent
sessions. These sessions range from entry-level to advanced in scope.
2015 Keynote Speakers
S. Gold, MD
||Mark S. Gold, MD is a translational researcher, author, and inventor best known
for his pioneering work on the brain systems underlying the effects
of opiate drugs, cocaine, and overeating. His research career started
in 1972 and he has been a prolific author of more than 1,000 academic
texts, abstracts, articles and chapters. Gold is considered the
father of the modern neurobiological approach to addiction and
also medication assisted recovery. This locus coeruleus theory
of opiate and drug withdrawal is a mainstay of 2015 theory and
practice, even though he proposed it in 1978.
He was the first Editor of Addiction Medicine for Up To Date and
the author of many practice guidelines, ASAM papers and texts for
clinicians. Dr. Gold was awarded the 2006 Nelson J. Bradley award
by the NAATP, the American Psychiatric Association’s Foundation’s
Fund Award & Prize,
China Academy of Sciences and other prestigious awards. Most recently
(2015), he was awarded the John P. McGovern award and prize by ASAM
for his 40+ years of pioneering research in addiction medicine. He
is currently Professor (Adjunct) at the Keck Medical School at USC,
Professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis,
teaching at Yale University, and the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory
Boards for RiverMend Health.
Johanna O’Flaherty, PhD, is the CEO of Central Recovery Treatment (CRT).
Central Recovery’s Las Vegas based substance abuse treatment organization
(the Las Vegas Recovery Center) that provides a full continuum of care,
which includes medically managed inpatient detoxification, inpatient addiction
treatment, inpatient chronic pain treatment and rehabilitation, as well
as outpatient and family services. Prior to this, Dr. O’Flaherty served
as the Vice President of Treatment Services at the Betty Ford Center.
She is a Certified Trainer for Critical Incident Crisis Debriefing Programs.
She has facilitated the training of Crisis Response Teams for several airlines,
as well as Critical Incident Response training for the FBI and other law enforcement
agencies. Her doctorate in clinical psychology is from Pacifica Graduate Institute.
She is a Nationally Certified Addiction Specialist (Advanced Level)
and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP). In the aftermath
of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Dr. O’Flaherty was called to New York to assist
with counseling airline employees and to facilitate Crisis Response training
for the New York City Transit Authority.