Scientific Program

Conference Series LLC Ltd invites all the participants across the globe to attend 7th International Conference on Addictive Disorders, Addiction Medicine and Pharmaceuticals San Diego, California, USA.

Day 1 :

Keynote Forum

Elia Gourgouris PhD

The Happiness Center, USA

Keynote: Intentional happiness: 7 paths to lasting happiness

Time : 08:50-09:35

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Biography:

Elia Gourgouris PhD is an international Keynote Speaker, Executive Coach, and a Leadership Consultant. He is the author of the #1 Amazon Best-Selling book, 7 Paths to Lasting Happiness. He has also published over 120 articles for various newspapers and magazines, including the Huffington Post. Dr Elia is the president of
The Happiness Center– an organization dedicated to creating personal success and happiness. Over the last 25-plus years, he has been a passionate promoter of Happiness and Wellness both on an individual and on the Corporate level! His workshops, courses, books, and Coaching have helped thousands of people achieve happiness and fulfillment, both in their careers and in their personal lives. He received his BA in Psychology from UCLA and his MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California Graduate Institute.

Abstract:

What is Happiness? Aristotle answered this by saying "Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim, and end of human existence" Happiness is a choice! It is also attractive, healthy, and being connected, but it takes effort. What inhibits our happiness? Several factors have a direct impact on our level of life satisfaction and fulfillment, including fear (of change, fear of success, and fear of failure), comparisons, selfishness, the burden of perfectionism, lack of forgiveness (and self-forgiveness), our inner critic, and toxic relationships. When these mental and emotional roadblocks are removed, our inner joy will be freed from constraints and returned to our awareness. The 7 Paths to Lasting Happiness reviews several of these roadblocks and provides both principles and “take action exercises” for individuals to learn from, and through its application to ultimately achieve genuine happiness, including:

1st Path: Loving Yourself a) Personal Brand b) Perfectionism c) Inner Critic d) Comparisons

2nd Path: Gratitude a) Attitude of Gratitude b) University of Adversity

3rd Path: Forgiveness a) Forgiveness equals freedom b) Self-forgiveness is the key

4th Path: Follow Your Passion a) Getting out of your comfort zone brings growth

5th Path: Nourish Your Spirit a) Faith vs Fear b) Meditation & Purpose

6th Path: Loving relationships a) Love languages b) Criticisms & Toxic relationships c) Authentic listening d) Trust

7th Path: Service a) The antidote to selfishness

Thousands of individuals have taken this life satisfaction survey, and various graduate students throughout the world, (including Singapore, UK, and The Philippines and others) have used it as part of their graduate thesis. It is intended as a tool for

 

Keynote Forum

Quinn L Johnson

University of Missouri, USA

Keynote: Enhanced recovery after surgery: Methods to decrease opioid use postoperatively

Time : 09:35-10:20

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Biography:

Quinn L Johnson has a specific interest in outpatient, regional and orthopedic anesthesiology. As Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Missouri. He works closely in the education and training of both medical students and residents in anesthesiology. He has lectured and published on a variety of anesthesia topics including regional anesthesia, sedation guidelines, airway evaluation, and the post-op pain management for patients using chronic opioids. He is active in the American Society of Anesthesiology and currently serves as President of the Missouri Society of Anesthesiology. Current research projects include post-operative delirium in the geriatric patient and implementation of the enhanced recovery after surgery in multiple specialties at the University of Missouri.

 

Abstract:

Statement of the Problem: Patients nationwide are becoming aware of the dangers of opioid medications. Those patients facing surgery are increasingly concerned about how to best manage post-operative pain while minimizing the risk of opioid addiction. Anesthesiologists at a variety of centers have developed new anesthetic approaches to deal with these concerns. The approach has yielded two significant benefits: firstly, a decrease in the overall amount of narcotics needed during and after surgery and secondly it’s a decrease in the overall length of stay in the hospital for surgical patients admitted to the hospital postoperatively. This innovative approach has been implemented at several medical centers including at the University of Missouri with great success and has led to improvements in surgical outcomes, pain control and reduced length of stay. Keys to the success include pre-operative patient education and expectations, use of multi-modal pain management techniques, careful fluid management intra-operatively, and early postoperative ambulation. Communication between nursing, anesthesia and surgery teams is essential in successfully implementing an enhanced recovery after surgery program. The need to shift from current and established patterns of care require that all providers are educated and agree to treat patients in a new and different paradigm in dealing with surgical pain. The use of enhanced recovery techniques have initially been limited to a few surgical types and are now spreading rapidly to all areas of surgery. The lessons learned in the operating room will likely spread to other medical specialties and a transformation in the treatment of pain is needed to reduce the dependence mainly on opioids by health care providers.

 

Keynote Forum

James Giordano

Georgetown University Medical Center, USA

Keynote: Chronic pain and substance use disorders: Neuroethical issues and directions in assessment and care

Time : 10:50-11:35

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Biography:

James Giordano PhD is Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry, and Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program of Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA; and is a Senior Research Fellow of the European Union Human Brain Project. His ongoing work focuses upon mechanisms, diagnosis and treatment of neuropsychiatric spectrum disorders, and neuroethics-legal issues fostered by the use of emerging neurotechnologies in research and clinical care. The author of over 275 publications, his recent books include Pain: Mind, Meaning and Medicine; and Neurotechnology: Premises, Potential, and Problems. In recognition of his achievements, he was elected to the European Academy of Science and Arts, the Dana Alliance of Brain Initiatives, and the Royal Society of Medicine.

 

Abstract:

The DSM-5 is frequently used, either alone or in combination with the ICD, to categorize psychiatric disorders, and in so doing, establish better criteria from which to plan and execute clinical care. Clarifying diagnostic terms is vital to standardize what they signify, and this may be even more important when considering the dual-diagnoses and the care comorbidity may require. In this lecture, I will address practical ethical-legal issues and concerns generated by a dual diagnosis of chronic pain and substance-use/addictive disorder. Specifically, I will describe how diagnostic labels – and particularly those related to mental illness- can be stigmatizing, and may evoke medical, legal and social biases that affect the ways that patients are regarded and treated. I will explicate the complexities of these disorders apropos the current opioid crisis and argue that diagnosis demands action. I will posit that the philosophy of medicine defines a moral obligation to develop improved assessment and care of those who are burdened by both chronic pain and substance use/addictive disorders. Toward these ends, I will propose ways that newly developing neurotechnologies, such as types of genetic assays, neuroimaging, novel pharmaceutical preparations, and non-invasive and deep brain stimulation could – and should – be engaged to improve the focus, scope, safety, effectiveness – and efficiency – of care. As well, I will describe how the realization of any such effort will require the conjoint participation of economic and administrative infrastructures of medicine, as well as the development of supportive guidelines, policies, and law(s).

 

Keynote Forum

Bob Reese

Jefferson College of Health Sciences, USA

Keynote: The 13th step: Thriving in recovery

Time : 11:35-12:20

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Biography:

Bob Reese PhD is a Professor of Psychology at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, VA. Bob's research interests are all framed in Positive Psychology with a focus on Magis Thinking for enhanced performance and well-being – this focus has roots in his 25 years in the NFL. He is currently engaged in research projects on the recovery processes from addiction at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI). As part of Dr. Warren Bickel’s Addiction Recovery Research Center (ARRC) research team, he was instrumental in helping to create and launch the International Quit & Recovery Registry (IQRR), a novel approach that employs crowd-sourcing technology to establish, maintain, and grow an unprecedented database on the process of recovery. Bob is the author of The 13th Step: Thriving in Recovery (AuthorHouse, 2017).

 

Abstract:

While addiction itself has been widely studied, the process of recovery from addiction has received little attention from the science of psychology. Because recovery from addiction is a chronic process, it becomes essential to understand the process of recovery and the characteristics of individuals who are successful in recovery maintenance. To help bridge this gap in knowledge, the International Quit & Recovery Registry (IQRR) was developed in 2011 and recruits participants in all phases of addiction recovery. Currently, the IQRR has thousands of registrants from more than 42 countries. After becoming website members, registrants have access to online monthly psychometric assessments. Along with demographics, each assessment asks about recent relapse and includes measures and tasks aimed at understanding the characteristics of people in recovery. Thriving in recovery is informed by examining by three positive psychology assessments included in the IQRR psychometric battery: The Subjective Happiness Scale (SHS), the Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS), and the Grit Scale (GRIT), which is a measure of perseverance and commitment to long-term goals. These current results are discussed along with positive psychology interventions that enhance these attributes. Additionally, neuroscientific research provides evidence that addiction is a disease of the brain; that relapse is part of the recovery process; and that a brain in recovery can heal and grow positively due to neuroplasticity. This video presentation provides fundamental information regarding neuroscience in the process of recovery and a method of developing self-directed neuroplasticity.