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The Neuroscience of Sexual Addiction: Carnes Leads the Way

Posted Sep 16 2008 4:58am

Patrick Carnes and Team Raise the Bar for Addiction Medicine and Recovery: Brain Evidence Enters the Evaluation and Recovery Process                   Photo_flashplaceholder

Here this weekend in Phoenix, at this Black Canyon Conference Center, the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals [IITAP] we are witnessing a sea change in evaluation and treatment in the field of addiction medicine.

Most interesting from my perspective: This entire group got the picture, understood the implications of brain science, brain evidence in the complexity of diagnosis before I started the Keynote. SPECT brain imaging does fit precisely with their new directions for evaluation of complex clinical presentations.

Patrick Carnes has been busy training his team - these folks are on the front edge of the evolution in Addiction Medicine. He wrote Out of the Shadows in 1984!

Many here are CSAT [Certified Sexual Addiction Therapists] and have been working for years to restructure recovery processes more effectively. They understand medications, multiple levels of intervention, different treatment structures in ways many of us would never have considered. It was a treat to learn with them on this outstanding weekend.

Theme for the weekend: Neuroscience implications in recovery are significant, often overlooked, and essential to understand for the long term process of full recovery. Pat trains his teams to think of every angle in the recovery process.

Stay tuned as I introduce you in coming posts to some of his many interesting activities.

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