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Focus on the Future: Darryl Inaba, PharmD

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Darryl Inaba, PharmD, CATC-V, CADC-III

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Neuroscience Basis of Pathological Gambling, Recovery, and Relapse

Presented by: Darryl Inaba, PharmD, CATC-V, CADC-III

The science of Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders has now moved “mainstream” in public awareness and that is helping to erode its stigma that persists even though the Addiction Equity Act of 2008 firmly established these conditions to be biological and not a matter of will power or intent. In 2013 Pathological Gambling was defined as an addictive disorder and included in the DSM-5 diagnostic manual and is currently the only non-substance to be a substance-related and addictive disorder. Genetic, epigenetic, brain imaging, and other research techniques/tools validate addiction and even its recrudescence (relapse) episodes to be due to neuro-cellular, neuro-chemical, and neuro-functional anomalies in individuals who are vulnerable to developing the condition of addiction. This presentation will explore the evolving neuroscience discoveries of addiction to provide a better understanding of those who struggle with the condition as well as its tendency to result in relapses when treated. A Diathesis-Stress Model will be presented as the cause of addiction. The presentation will also look at the neuroplasticity of brain cells that allow addicted brains to heal and return to healthy functioning which can be observed in those who manage their condition by engaging in the process of recovery. The science of relapse will be examined inclusive of tools and practices that are conducive to long-term recovery. 

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