Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
  • Thursday, October 24, 2019
    • 08:30 AM to 07:00 PM
  • Friday, October 25, 2019
    • 08:30 AM to 09:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 26, 2019
    • 08:30 AM to 03:30 PM


United States

Cost Range

To be determined

Host and Instructor

Host: Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Learning Network
Instructor: Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM, Alex Ribbentrop, MSW, LCSW, CFTP, John Bruna, CADC


NCAD West convenes addiction professionals to discuss how providers with different treatment philosophies can effectively work together to create a patient-focused, recovery-oriented system of care.

Join us October 24–26 in Denver, earn up to 20.25 CME/CE credits, and explore innovative, evidence-based treatment strategies that address drug addiction and co-occurring health problems.

Opioids and Chronic Pain: How We Missed the Boat
Presented by Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM
The opioid crisis was born in another epidemic, that of chronic pain. A thorough understanding of the neurologic basis of chronic pain is essential to understand the primary driver of opioid use for many who have become dependent, addicted and who died of an overdose.
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Breaking the Cycle: Understanding Inter-Generational Trauma and Personality Disorders in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
Presented by Alex Ribbentrop, MSW, LCSW, CFTP
Explore the connections between inter-generational trauma, maladaptive coping mechanisms and/or "personality disordered" traits/characteristics, and substance use disorders.
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Myths and Benefits of Mindfulness in Treating Addiction and Co-Occurring Disorders
Presented by John Bruna, CADC
There are many claims about mindfulness that are both unsupported and unrealistic, as well as many applications that are highly effective for use in therapeutic settings, especially in the area of addiction treatment and co-occurring disorders.
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