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Neurobiology of Trauma and Addictions

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Research has shown how the brain is affected by trauma and insecure attachment, both of which impact neurobiology. There is a strong co-occurrence between eating disorders and substance use disorders that can be explained in part by common etiologic factors including trauma, attachment insecurity and trauma or adverse childhood experiences. Much has been learned in recent years regarding how the brain makes decisions and the interplay between various parts of the brain that result in unwanted behaviors. There are high rates of cross-addiction in people with substance use disorder. The element of cross-addiction speaks to the fact that for many individuals,
there may be common underlying etiological factors, including a family history of addiction, trauma, attachment disorders and major depression that promote the development and maintenance of both SUD and ED. This shared etiology and its' impact on the brain is the subject of this workshop.

1. Participants will list the 5 steps to recovery from substance use disorders discussed in the presentation.
2. Participants will describe why substance use disorders have their roots in trauma.
3. Participants will be able to identify/ list at least 2 ways in which early life experiences affect the brain.
4. Participants will able to identify how attachment disorders and trauma intersect to increase risk for SUD

Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross

Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS is an African American author, speaker, expert in using Integrative Medicine for the treatment of food and body image issues and addictions. She is the CEO of The Anchor ProgramTM, a non-diet online (telemedicine) program for individuals with binge eating disorder, emotional eating and food addiction. Dr. Ross is a graduate of The University of Michigan Medical School. She completed a residency in Preventive Medicine and a Master's in Public Health (MPH) at Loma Linda University and a fellowship in Integrative Medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil's Program in Integrative Medicine at The University of Arizona. For the past 4 years, Dr. Ross has been an international speaker and consultant on issues of cultural competence, antiracism and diversity in mental health with a particular emphasis on the treatment of eating disorders in women of color.

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Thursday, April 20, 2023 11:00 am to 12:00 pm