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Sensitization and Kindling in Co-Occuring Disorders

May 18, 2017 . 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Mind-altering drugs, other addictive behaviors, and mental illness have profound effects on brain structure and function. While addiction and other mental health disorders have autonomous lives of their own, the development, course, and outcome of each affects the other.  How we deal with stress and adverse life incidents can establish pathways and coping mechanisms that progress into dysfunctional lives. Homeostatic mechanisms like tolerance and sensitization can work against each other in the progression of these disorders.  This workshop will explore some areas where biology meets psychology in these disorders and suggest interventions and strategies for treatment in both realms.
Upon completion of this course, participants will (be able to)
  • Describe effects of mind altering drugs of abuse on brain structure and function.
  • Identify brain structures and their roles in addictive and other mental health issues.
  • Describe interactions between addictive disorders and co-occurring disorders.
  • Explain the role of medications in treatment of addictions and co-occurring disorders.
  • Recognize indicators of substance induced mood disorders as distinguished from co-occurring disorders.
  • List three intervention/treatment strategies to address these disorders


Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Bureau of Substance Abuse Services
Institute for Health and Recovery
TAPE Project
AdCare Educational Institute


Courtyard by Marriott – Marlborough
75 Felton Street
Marlborough, MA 01752 United States
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