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.
- 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
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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.
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