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The Neurobiology and Medical Treatment of Addictive Illnesses ~ Chemical Dependency Training Consortium of the Northwest
PeaceHealth Southwest Mill Plain Campus Health Education Center
Vancouver, WA
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Goal of Training
This training will review the neurobiology of addiction both generally and as it relates to specific substances of abuse. In the context of this material the pros and cons of medication assisted treatment (MAT) and the role of MAT in modern, evidence based treatment of addictive illnesses will be discussed. Trends in addictive illnesses across the country will be reviewed and MAT will be presented in light of these trends. The evolving understanding of addiction as an illness will be explained and we will discuss how this knowledge influences the approach to treating patients who suffer from these illnesses.

This training is considered both a core and intermediate educational level. It is appropriate for new professionals and those professionals who could benefit from further, more detailed information on the subject matter.

Behavioral Objectives
Training participants will be able to:
- Identify brain pathways involved in addictive illness,
- Cite at least two specific neurobiological effects of each substance of abuse discussed,
- Define Medication Assisted Treatment,
- Describe specific epidemiological changes in opiate use disorders over the past 20 years, and
- Identify the pros and cons of the medications used in Medication Assisted Treatment modules.

09:00 - 09:10CDTC Announcements and Introducations
9:10 - 10:00Neurobiological definitions and theories
10:00 - 10:45Neurochemicals and their action on the brain
10:45 - 11:00Break
11:00 - 12:00Neurobiological effects of substances of abuse on the brain
12:00 - 1:00Lunch ***On Your Own***
1:00 - 2:15The opioid epidemic and medication assisted treatment
2:15 - 2:30Break
2:30 - 4:15Medications used in medication assisted treatment
4:15 - 4:30CDTC Wrap Up and Evaluations

Jonathan Horey, MD - Psychiatrist, Dr. Jonathan Horey is staff psychiatrist, seeing clients weekly at both Astoria Pointe and The Rosebriar. A native Oregonian, Dr. Horey attended medical school at Columbia University in New York City. He worked as an attending psychiatrist at a dual diagnosis inpatient unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital and at a dual diagnosis intensive outpatient program for Columbia University. He then became the Director of Addiction Services at the Columbia University W. 51st Street Clinic and maintained a private practice focused on addiction. Following that, Dr. Horey moved to Portland to work as a psychiatrist at Hazelden Springbrook. In addition to his work at Astoria Pointe and The Rosebriar, Dr. Horey is the Chief Medical Officer of Sunspire Health [parent company of Astoria Pointe and The Rosebriar] where he is the steward of the Sunspire Health method of treatment across all of the facilities nationwide. In that role, he is responsible for ensuring each client receives the highest quality clinical care, using abstinence, evidence and holistic-based therapies, supported by medication assisted treatment.

Pre-registration and payment in advance is required.

You may register at if you would like to pay by check or money order. Payment must be received prior to training date. To ensure this, please mail your payment at least 7 days prior to training. Mail payment to CDTC, P.O. Box 847, Vancouver, WA 98666.

5-15S Student $20.00 **Proof of Enrollment required.
5-15M Member $50.00 **See the Our Members page**
5-15N Non-Member $75.00

Please notify CDTC if you are unable to attend training.

Lunch:There is a one hour lunch break on your own. There is a large cafeteria at the hospital in addition to a smaller cafe and coffee shop with pre-made meals available. Several lunch options are available to the East, past I-205. It is recommended that you check google maps to check for lunch options including Sweet Tomatoes, Chuck's Produce, or fast food restaurants such as Arby's, Taco Bell or Burgerville.

Date: May 8th, 2015 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Place:PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center
Mill Plain Campus
Health Education Center
600 N.E. 92nd Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98664
Registration Options
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At this time there are no more seats available for attendees, please contact the CDTC at 503-805-0989 to be placed on this training wait list. This training event has ended. Please see our website for additional training opportunities.


PeaceHealth Southwest Mill Plain Campus Health Education Center (View)
600 N.E. 92nd Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98664
United States


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Minimum Age: 16
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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