The Neurobiology and Medical Treatment of Addictive Illnesses

What an amazing turnout!!!  Thank you Everyone!!!

Dr. Horey was incredibly informative – he had charts, he had videos, he had updates on the “epidemic of opiate use” that is costing entire generations of our young beautiful people.  He also covered the many medication options available!!!

It is understanding why he shares how he would prefer seeing a young person on MATs that they may or may not need rather than that same person being found dead!

I completely agree!!!  Thank you Dr. Horey for shedding light on this heart wrenching occurrence!

He featured Leonardo DiCaprio’s awesome portrayal of a young person with an addiction to opiates – Basketball Diaries – based on a true story!!!  Please consider adding it to your must see list – palpable examples are portrayed of what being on opiates, craving and withdrawal are really like!  I can still hear Leonardo calling out “Reggie”  or how about when he is begging for money from his mom.  And oh the pain his mama goes through….

I recall being at a treatment facility where I gave a young man a heart shaped rock gently reminding him to love himself first – he died the next day of a heroin overdose.  The clinical supervisor called everyone into the group room and asked everyone – How many of you think you can use heroin just one more time?  Several individuals raised their hands.  She followed it with “that’s what ….thought and now he’s dead.”  The group was filled with tears and fear that comes from a wonderful life full of possibilities lost.

I am with you Dr. Horey!  I would prefer to see individuals use MAT’s temporarily than have there lives cut short!  I hear both sides – how MATs can be seen as exchanging one drug for another and I completely respect individuals who feel that way – I just ask you to consider because it may be the option that saves the life of one of your patients or even the life of one of your loved ones.

Thank you everyone!!!


Friday, May 8th, 2015  YES IT’S TOMORROW ALREADY!!!  




9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 6 CEU Hours

Sponsored By

Astoria Pointe/The Rosebriar
PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center – Mill Plain
Health Education Center – Mill Plain and 92nd
600 NE 92nd Ave., Vancouver, WA 98664

For Information Contact:
Lisa Westlund

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Phone: 503-805-0989

Fax: 1-360-557-5032 (vFax)

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Jonathan HoreyMD – Psychiatrist


Dr. Jonathan Horey is staff psychiatrist, seeing clients weekly at both Astoria Pointe and The Rosebriar. A native Oregonian, Dr. Horey attended medical school at Columbia University in New York City. He worked as an attending psychiatrist at a dual diagnosis inpatient unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital and at a dual diagnosis intensive outpatient program for Columbia University. He then became the Director of Addiction Services at the Columbia University W. 51st Street Clinic and maintained a private practice focused on addiction. Following that, Dr. Horey moved to Portland to work as a psychiatrist at Hazelden Springbrook. In addition to his work at Astoria Pointe and The Rosebriar, Dr. Horey is the Chief Medical Officer of Sunspire Health [parent company of Astoria Pointe and The Rosebriar] where he is the steward of the Sunspire Health method of treatment across all of the facilities nationwide. In that role, he is responsible for ensuring each client receives the highest quality clinical care, using abstinence, evidence and holistic-based therapies, supported by medication assisted treatment.

Goal of Training
This training will review the neurobiology of addiction both generally and as it relates to specific substances of abuse. In the context of this material the pros and cons of medication assisted treatment (MAT) and the role of MAT in modern, evidence based treatment of addictive illnesses will be discussed. Trends in addictive illnesses across the country will be reviewed and MAT will be presented in light of these trends. The evolving understanding of addiction as an illness will be explained and we will discuss how this knowledge influences the approach to treating patients who suffer from these illnesses.

This training is considered both a core and intermediate educational level. It is appropriate for new professionals and those professionals who could benefit from further, more detailed information on the subject matter.

Behavioral Objectives
Training participants will be able to

  • Identify brain pathways involved in addictive illness,
  • Cite at least two specific neurobiological effects of each substance of abuse discussed,
  • Define Medication Assisted Treatment,
  • Describe specific epidemiological changes in opiate use disorders over the past 20 years, and
  • Identify the pros and cons of the medications used in Medication Assisted Treatment modules.

I am so looking forward to reconnecting with you there!!!


Guadalupe Aragón, BA, CADC1, Recovery Coach, CITO Transformative Life Coach, President – Chemical Dependency Training Consortium of the Northwest

I am a Life Coach/Brief Interventionist. My emphasis is on trading in our relationship with alcohol, drugs and negative thinking for an amazing relationship with others and most importantly developing an extraordinary relationship with our self!

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