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Wednesday, May 22 • 11:35am - 12:35pm
Plenary 2: The Brain, Mental Health and Addiction

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This session will provide a basic overview of brain neurotransmitters, addiction as a brain disease and how trauma effects the brain.  Additionally the presenter will compare the effects of mental health on the brain with those of addiction as well as an overview of how the brain recovers.  The impact on the brain of the use opioids versus other substances will be reviewed.  Treatment modalities for the treatment of addiction and the need for a long term recovery process will be illustrated.  The presenter will review misconceptions about the causes of addiction as well as best practices for current treatment for addiction and trauma.

Attendees will be able to:
  1. Describe the effects of nature versus nurture on brain development
  2. Describe the basic function of a neuropathway
  3. List two ways that CBT can be used to ‘retrain’ the brain as part of addiction treatment
  4. Describe the process of recovery in order to utilize a recovery oriented focus of care
  5. Describe one way trauma effects recovery and reinforces addictive behaviors

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Mary Linden Salter, LCSW

Executive Director, TAADAS
Mary Linden Salter is the Executive Director of the Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug and other Addiction Services, an association of addiction and recovery support providers.  Mary Linden is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in Tennessee since 1996. She received... Read More →