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3rd Edition of Global Conference on

Addiction Medicine, Behavioral Health and Psychiatry

October 24-26, 2022 | Orlando, Florida, USA

GAB 2021

Reconceptualizing addiction Integrating the sciences of addiction and Reward Deficiency Syndrome RDS

Speaker at Addiction Medicine, Behavioral Health and Psychiatry 2021 - Elizabeth Dale G
The Elle Foundation, United States
Title : Reconceptualizing addiction Integrating the sciences of addiction and Reward Deficiency Syndrome RDS


Analytic review of research study results from psychology, addiction science, and interactive sciences like neurology, genetics, and epigenetics, implore psychology, psychiatry and addiction recovery treatment fields to enlarge their perspective, by considering underlying causal influence. The appropriate time to re-conceptualize addiction for the practitioner world is now! Treatment protocol must expand beyond mitigation of the symptoms and address genetic, epigenetic and neurological causal influence. The science of Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS), offers a new phenotype for addiction, providing a common rubric for all obsessive, compulsive, and addictive behavioral patterns, and contributes understanding of the psychiatric genetics and/or causal influence of dopaminergic dysfunction in other co-occurring mental disorders. In consideration and review of the body of scientific knowledge, to successfully bridge the gap between science and practice, (CASA, 2012) an integration of the sciences of addiction, and Reward Deficiency Syndrome must be achieved.


Elizabeth Dale Gilley, graduated from Wake Forest University, in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She founded The Elle Foundation, Dallas, TX, in 1995, initiating the Award of Excellence within the addiction recovery industry in 2000. She went back to school in her 50’s, graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Masters in Applied General Psychology (2017) and Post Masters Certificate in Addictions (2019) from NorthCentral University. She is currently a doctoral student at NorthCentral University, with a 4.0 GPA, studying the philosophy of psychology of addictions, gearing up for her own research in electromagnetic healing frequencies to help achieve dopamine homeostasis. She has published consistently in peer-reviewed doctoral journals for the past three years.