The Impact of Opioid Use and Opioid Poisoning on the Brain

Sponsor: NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association PRESENTATION: The neurocognitive problems arising from opioid use include changes in executive functioning (planning, judgement and impulse control) along with the cognitive impact of hypoxia and anoxia, which include changes in memory, motor functioning and judgement) create significant barriers to care for people living with opioid use disorder. This 6-hour training will provide an overview of how opioid use changes the brain and effects behaviour, as well as… Read more »

Virtual: Recovery, Relapse, & The 12 Steps for Clients Struggling with Stimulant Use Disorder

Sponsor: NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association PRESENTATION: This is a 4 hour training specific to substance abuse for Addiction Professionals, and other service providers interested in improving their skills & increasing knowledge in understanding the Disease Concept of Addiction regarding stimulant use. Participants will be provided insight conducive to introducing clients to the 12-Step Recovery Process. Professionals will also be equipped to assist clients in understanding the Physical, Mental and Spiritual aspects of addiction and… Read more »

Virtual: Effects of Opioids on the Human Brain: A Long-Lasting Grip

Sponsor: NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association PRESENTATION: The opioid epidemic has had devastating consequences on families across New Hampshire. The opioid overdose death rate doubled between 2011 and 2015 and has remained at that level since. For individuals still battling opioid use disorder, the effects on the brain are long lasting and difficult to overcome. The purpose of this training is to first understand normal physiology of the brain’s reward circuit in order to… Read more »

Virtual: Contingency Management: An Essential Treatment Approach for Individuals with Stimulant Use Disorder

Sponsor: NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association PRESENTATION: Contingency management (CM) is a behavioral approach that has robust evidence of efficacy for the treatment of stimulant use disorder.  Research evidence will be presented to demonstrate the populations and settings where CM has been used.  There is some critically important considerations in successfully implementing CM.  These include rigorous protocols, fraud prevention “guardrails” and fully developed training and implementation plans to ensure fidelity to CM procedures. As… Read more »

Enhancing Ethical Decision Making While Working with Clients Experiencing Mental Health and Substance Use Concerns

Sponsor: NH Alcohol & Drug Counselors Association virtual PRESENTATION: There are many times when clinical practice with clients who have lived experience with mental health and substance use concerns present unique ethical challenges.  These types of challenges are most effectively and efficiently responded to by clinical staff that understand ethical principles and decision making.  This training will provide content regarding common types of ethical decision making and ethical dilemmas.  Ethical issues that are not resolved… Read more »

The Other Epidemic: Opioids 2022

Sponsor: NH Alcohol & Drug Counselors Association virtual PRESENTATION: The opioid epidemic has seen significant change in the last decade with the overprescribing of prescription opioids, the transition of prescription opioid users to heroin and the infusion of fentanyl into the drug supply. These first three waves of the opioid epidemic were somewhat more predictable than what has occurred in this, the fourth wave of the opioid epidemic.  The combination of the potent opioids, fentanyl and… Read more »

Initial Training on Addiction & Recovery

Sponsor: NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association In person at NH Audubon, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH This introductory workshop on addiction and recovery is designed to raise awareness and understanding of the dynamics and impact of addiction on people whom we serve. It will cover the neurological basis of addiction; mental, behavioral, emotional, and spiritual dimensions; stages of change; recovery; motivational techniques; and resources. ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Lindy Keller, MS, MLADC, is a Master… Read more »

Virtual: Stimulants 2022: Epidemiology, Effects on the Body & Brain, and Clinical Challenges

Sponsor: NHADACA PRESENTATION: Methamphetamine and cocaine use rates and overdose deaths are rapidly increasing in much of the US.  Use of these drugs produce severe damage to the body and the brain.  It is important for clinicians to be aware of how the unique effects of stimulants influence the treatment needs of people in treatment.    The presentation will review the clinical challenges presented by individuals who use stimulants and current protocols for addressing acute medical/psychiatric conditions…. Read more »

Evidence-Based Treatments for Stimulant Use Disorder

Sponsor: NHADACA Evidence-based behavioral/psychosocial strategies are presented, along with pharmacotherapies currently considered promising. The basic philosophy and essential components of contingency management, cognitive behavioral therapy, community reinforcement approach, motivational interviewing and physical exercise will be described. A brief review of the research evidence of these strategies will also be provided.  Compare and discuss the evidence of support for different EBPs for stimulant use disorder; Explain the key principles and strategies involved with contingency management; and  Explain how… Read more »

Ethical Practice & Confidentiality: Issues for Substance Use, Mental Health, and other Healthcare Providers

Sponsor: NHADACA Hybrid – please choose in person or virtual attendance when registering. Changes in confidentiality regulations and a changing healthcare landscape demanding increase integration of behavioral and physical healthcare make it critical for substance use disorder and mental health practitioners to have a firm grasp of the rules and laws that govern their practice in order to ensure the confidentiality and privacy of the clients they serve.  Managed care, duty to warn issues, mandated reporting,… Read more »