"Alco-Genes” in the Bottle: Genetically Based SUD Treatment

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 11:00 AM until noon
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Online / Web Delivered
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Cost Range
FREE to $15.00
Everyone can participate in the webinar for free. Members of NAADAC receive a Certificate of Completion for 1 CE for FREE by watching all of this webinar and passing an online CE quiz ($15 for non-members).

Host And Instructor

National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)
Kenneth Blum, PhD & Richard Paul Green, III, BSBA, LCDC
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C.E. Credit for NAADAC - The Association for Addiction Professionals: 1.00
The CE certificate for this webinar will be available after the webinar takes place. NAADAC Members will be prompted to register for the CE quiz for free, while non-members will be prompted to pay a processing fee to access the quiz. Upon passing the CE quiz, a CE Certificate will be immediately available to download in your profile.

Training Overview Description

Addiction is a genetically driven disorder. We have known this fact for decades, yet the impact on SUD treatment science has been minimal. Until now. This presentation details the use of genetic testing in the assessment and treatment of SUD. The history of the discovery, the underlying pathology – Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS), the Neuroreceptor Reward Cascade, Genetic Addiction Risk Score (GARS) test and using GARS to treat RDS will be discussed. This webinar will present recent information as to how genetic burden and the GARS test is impacting the criminal court system, dissecting determinism vs. free will. The addiction treatment and recovery landscape is changing, and genetic testing science is creating the change. This science is creating new standards of care in addiction treatment.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to describe Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS) and associated genetic types.
  • Participants will be able to recall the neurotransmitter pathways, hypodopaminergic genetic polymorphisms, and epigenetic processes involved in a blunted brain reward circuitry and craving behavior.
  • Participants will be able to explain clinical applications for the induction of dopamine homeostasis via "Precision Addiction Management" coupling Genetic Addiction Risk Score (GARS) and Pro-dopamine regulation (KB220) with therapy.
  • Participants will be able to summarize the novel work related to the utilization of GARS as a way of detecting "determinism vs. free will" and the conversion of incarceration to rehabilitation in the judicial system for felony DWI offenders.

Content Level - Beginner

Beginning level courses introduce learners to a content area; include information about a condition, treatment method, or issue; and involve learning and comprehending content.

Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters.

CE Credits

To earn a CE Certificate for viewing this webinar, you must view the webinar in its entirety, complete the online evaluation, and pass the CE quiz.

  1. Upon completing the webinar, click on the “Online CE Quiz” link above in the grey box to complete the online evaluation survey and CE quiz, and get your CE certificate. This link will be made available after the webinar takes place. NAADAC members will be prompted to register for the CE quiz for free, while non-members will be prompted to pay a $15 processing fee to access the quiz.
  2. A score of 80% or higher is required to pass the CE quiz and access your CE certificate. You have 10 opportunities to pass the quiz. If you are unable to pass the quiz in the allocated number of tries, then you must retake the course.
  3. Upon passing the CE quiz, your CE certificate will be immediately available to download in your NAADAC profile. Click here for detailed step-by-step instructions for accessing your CE quiz and CE Certificate.

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