3rd Edition of Global Conference on Addiction Medicine, Behavioral Health And Psychiatry
It is my honor and privilege, as a 2022 scientific committee member, to welcome you to the Global Conference on Addiction Medicine, Behavioral Health and Psychiatry. New advances in neurogenetics have revolutionized treatment potential, to address the underlying cause of mental health disorders, especially addictions, whether they be substance use or non-substance use.
Our industry was once built upon the remarkable contributions of the Hazelden model, cutting edge, in the 1950’s. Today in 2022, we have entered the genomic era of addiction medicine. Reward Deficiency Syndrome Solutions is the new standard of excellence. The new RDS paradigm shift is underway.
Advances from the research arena, make it clear that addiction needs to be being reconceptualized, in the minds of both providers and the public. These advances highlight the need for the integration of the sciences of addiction medicine, brain reward circuitry and wellbeing.
RDS treatment is affordable, easy, and a natural progression of the continuing care model throughout the lifespan. It is a stage two treatment, implemented after completion of substance use disorder treatment. It is especially important for those patients with mental health disorder comorbidity, and the relapse prone who have experienced the revolving door of treatment.
As you will become aware, RDS solutions are already available to the public and I am excited for their prevention potential. Imagine the future, when family members, the next generation of children of addicts, and mental health patients, have access to Genetic Addiction Risk Severity (GARS) testing. GARS testing provides insight into those neurogenetic predisposition challenges which interfere with brain chemistry, before addiction and mental health disorder begins.
The field of psychiatric genomics now utilizes GARS results, for the proper selection of pharmaceutical therapies for the genome, and phenotype. Addressing the underlying neurogenetics of addiction, minimizes the damage from epigenetic insult. In a more practical sense, this eliminates years, of prescription medicine by trial and error, those “wait and let’s see if it works” tactics.
It makes sense that to treat mental illness, the provider must consider the brain! Contributions from the new fields of psychiatric genomics and neuropsychology, improve the odds of successful outcome. Therapists and counselors in the know wish to become certified in Reward Deficiency Syndrome Solution Focused Brief therapy, to give their patients the best chance possible to overcome psychopathology and thrive.
Addiction treatment of the future includes Substance Use Disorder treatment to stop poisoning the brain with drugs, and to stabilize the client for the second stage Reward Deficiency Syndrome Solutions treatment, to learn to manage dopamine deficiency and achieve dopamine homeostasis. A continuum of care, over the lifespan, includes cognitive, positive and transpersonal therapies to assist the client in transition from psychopathology, to autonomy, and eventually, to thriving.
These are indeed exciting, exhilarating times in addiction medicine, behavioral health and psychiatry, as we stand on the cutting edge of a better tomorrow. Please join me with your enthusiasm, as we prepare to give and receive, presentations by scientists, practitioners, and industry conglomerates from around the whole. WE are the future. Celebrate with me, as we come together to share our vision for a better tomorrow.
Elizabeth Gilley, MAP, PMC Addictions, Research Review Analyst, Scientist, and Founder, The Elle Foundation
This year The Elle Foundation will be offering participation and presentation certificates as a thank you for your contributions to improving global awareness of resources, for those who are still suffering.