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The brain and recovery:  An Update on Neuroscience of Addiction by Kevin McCauley

Kevin McCauley returns to the University of Michigan to share important information about the brain and recovery.

Friday April 21, 2017:

  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Reception
  • 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm - Presentation
  • 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm - Question/answer period

Location: U-M Rackham Amphitheatre, 4th floor, 915 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109. 

Free, no registration is required. A certificate of attendance can be provided.

Contiuing Education Units: Free C.E. (1.5 hours) is provided for addiction professionals (MCBAP Approved Education Provider)

Description: The last 20 years produced an explosion of understanding, not only about addiction (substance use disorders), but how our brains enable our most human capacities such as hedonic valuation and decision-making. 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 in our ability to make proper choices.

Kevin McCauley is a graduate of Drexel University Medical School, a former Navy flight surgeon and co-founder of the Institute for Addiction Study. He is currently the Director of Program Services at New Roads Behavioral Health in Salt Lake City. Dr. McCauley wrote and directed two films: “Pleasure Unwoven” about the neuroscience of addiction, and “Memo to Self” about Recovery Management in commercial airline pilots and professionals with substance use disorders. “Pleasure Unwoven” won the 2010 Michael Q. Ford Award for Journalism from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. He is recognized as an engaging lecturer, creative filmmaker, and innovative program designer whose work makes difficult scientific concepts accessible to all, and helps to foster the acceptance of people in recovery as full and valued members of society.

Sponsored by U-M Collegiate Recovery Program at 734-763-3933 or, or Dawn Farm.