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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 dependency counselor, social worker, 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

Mark 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

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.

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