2nd Global Conference on

Addiction Medicine,
Behavioral Health and Psychiatry

October 21-23, 2021 | Online Conference

Deni Carise

Keynote for Addiction Conference 2021 - Deni Carise
Deni Carise
University of Pennsylvania, United States
Title : Is Addiction Treatment Effective? Compared to what? How would we know?


Treatment of Substance Use Disorders has made great strides recently – from changing the way addiction is viewed to the development of new therapies and medications.  We will look at the current state of the treatment field and explore the effectiveness of treatment– from examining the public’s expectations of treatment, to studies comparing treatment vs. no treatment, various treatment goals, and the role of motivation in treatment.  We look at genetic heritability, twin studies, and predictors of relapse for addiction compared to other chronic medical disorders.  Finally, we look at the ways to measure effective care and the argument against defining “total abstinence” as the only form of success.


What will audience learn from your presentation?

  • Attendees will be able to compare genetic heritability, success rates, and predictors of relapse of individuals with substance use disorders to those with other chronic disorders such as asthma or diabetes.
  • Attendees will be able to discuss studies that have shown that motivation for recovery upon entering treatment is not an essential ingredient in predicting outcomes or success.
  • Attendees will be able to compare the public’s goals for substance abuse treatment to treatment provider goals.


Deni Carise, PhD, is Chief Science Officer at Recovery Centers of America (RCA) and Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine (1997).  She earned her BS (1988) and PhD (1993) from Drexel/Hahnemann University, completing her post-doc training at UPENN (94-96).  Her career has spanned 18 years as an NIH-funded researcher, multiple clinical and treatment positions, the oversight of large clinical systems of care (>100 programs), and most recently, as one of the founders of RCA.  She’s published >100 articles, blogs, and chapters, worked extensively internationally, and values having a voice on important behavioral health/SUD topics.