Substance Abuse Education


Dr. Kevin McCauley asks the question, “Is addiction really a disease?

Dr. Gabor Maté gives us clues as to who we are when we are not addicted. 
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Gabor Maté (born January 6, 1944) is a Hungarian-born Canadian physician with a background in family practice and a special interest in childhood development and trauma.
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Dr. Gabor Maté talks about the link between stressed parenting and the preponderance of childhood disorders.
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Former Flight Surgeon Dr. Kevin McCauley presents his keynote address entitled “The Neuroscience of Addiction”
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The last twenty years produced an explosion of understanding about addiction (substance use disorders) and how our brains enable our most human capacities such as assigning value to pleasure and making decisions based upon that value. This lecture summarizes the most current neuroscientific research about addiction — research that explains how the brain constructs pleasurable experiences, what happens when this process goes wrong and why this can have a dramatic impact on our ability to make proper choices.
Book Author Dr. Gabor Mate:
“In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts”

Is addiction the biggest crisis we’ve ever faced? Can we do anything about it? In a candid conversation about addiction, Dr. Gabor Maté and Joe Polish define what addiction is and why it’s actually a solution to pain.

Stress is ubiquitous these days — it plays a role in the workplace, in the home, and virtually everywhere that people interact. It can take a heavy toll on individuals unless it is recognized and managed effectively and insightfully. This is even more true for parents, family members and caregivers of individuals with neuro-behavioural disorders such as FASD, and if left unchecked, accumulated stress goes on to undermine immunity, disrupts the body’s physiological milieu and can prepare the ground for a multitude chronic diseases and conditions.