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Addiction: Nature or Nurture: Where does it come from and what can be done?

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The Connacht Hotel

Old Dublin Road

H91 K5DD Galway

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Over the years addiction has been described in many ways using various models, from a moralistic model to the disease concept and on to the bio-psychosocial. Addiction treatment too has taken many guises from a punitive approach to seeking medical "cures" and on to more holistic case management approaches. With the advent of the internet we are now in a position where some supports can be accessed online.

This conference seeks to discuss and shed light on ways to understand addiction as it is in society today. The expert panel of speakers will share their insights, learnings and developments in the field to try and uncover what type of support is right for whom.

Our speakers at this event are highly respected in their own right.

Dr Shane Butler is Fellow Emeritus at the School of Social Work and Social Policy in Trinity College Dublin and has written and been published extensively on social policy relating to drug and alcohol use. Dr Butler has persistently focused critically at the research-policy interface to identify how and why scientific research findings are used selectively by policy makers in their management of issues which involve conflicting value positions and entrenched commercial interests.

Pauline McKeown is CEO of Coolmine Therapeutic Community, Irelands first residential treatment resource which has recently undergone fundamental change with the intergration of the Community Reinforcement Approach as its main means of offering treatment. And more recently the development of a specific treatment resource for women who have children. Pauline’s qualifications include an MSc in Drugs and Alcohol policy. She is a current member of the National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol and has contributed to various expert groups, sectoral and local forums throughout her career.

Dr Stanton Peele is a psychologist who has been pioneering a new take on addiction and recovery since he published his first book Love and Addiction in 1975. Dr Peele has published many other books on addiction topics and is a regular contributer to many websites and newspapers. Dr Peele strongly believes that addiction is not a disease, and neither is it a consequence of taking drugs and drinking. Rather, it arises from the way in which these and other compelling activities fit into people’s lives and meanings. Dr Peele has developed the Life Process Programme an online, coach led approach to helping people reduce their use or become abstinent.

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