May 19, 2015; 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Addiction is a chronic brain disease involving complex physiologic processes. Inherent physiologic characteristics influence how individuals response to substances and individual vulnerability to addiction. The physiology of the brain and body is altered by use of alcohol and other drugs and also changes when a person enters into recovery. This program will explore the differences in neurochemistry between the addicted brain and the normal brain, the progression of physiological changes that occur in chemically dependent individuals, the mechanisms of physiologic tolerance and withdrawal, medical complications of alcohol/other drug addiction and the effects of treatment.
Distance CE: If you are unable to attend and want MCBAP and NAADAC CE credit, distance CE credits are available for a small fee at dawnfarmeducation.com.
Related reading suggestions:
“The Addicted Human Brain: Insights From Imaging Studies” by N. Volkow, J. Fowler, and G. Wang.
About the presenter:
Carl Christensen, MD PhD, MRO
Dr. Christensen is a Clinical Associate Professor at the WSU School of Medicine. He obtained his MD and Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Wayne State University School of Medicine and did his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hutzel Hospital. He then completed a Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at Duke University Medical Center. He was Associate Residency Director of the OB Gyn Residency until 2012.
Dr. Christensen is board-certified in Addiction Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is the past president of the Michigan Society of Addiction Medicine and the current Medical Director of the Michigan Health Professional Recovery Program, which monitors impaired nurses, pharmacists and doctors. He is the current Medical Director of the James Wardell Women’s Recovery Center, an outpatient program dedicated to caring for pregnant, chemically dependent women, as well as the Medical Director at the Tolan Medical Research Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry at WSU. He is also the Medical Director for Dawn Farm.
Dr Christensen also specializes in the treatment of addiction and chronic pain, especially pelvic pain. He has received numerous teaching awards. He has been named one of the “Top Docs” in Addiction Medicine in Hour Magazine every year since 2006.
He lives in Superior Township with his wife Cathy, a Nurse Practitioner also specializing in chronic pain and addiction, and their multiple pets including a therapy dog and rescue cats.