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The Neuroscience of Addiction Recovery: Creating a Recovery Feedback Loop

Dr Constance Scharff

Addiction is a plague that has one of the lowest recovery rates of any disorder humans deal with. Long-used treatment methods, such as 12-step programs, have extremely low recovery success rates when used on their own. Meanwhile, addiction and mortality rates are skyrocketing in many parts of the world. In the United States, accidental prescription drug overdoses are now a leading cause of death. In other areas, the drug of choice is different, but the impact no less grim. Today, addicts have hope. By applying the latest findings in neuroscience to addiction recovery, we have developed a treatment protocol that is revolutionizing how addiction is treated in the United States. This presentation will share how psychotherapy and whole­ health treatments are combined to rewire the brain, creating a recovery feedback loop in addicts.  

Psychotherapy Meets Africa
7th World Congress on Psychotherapy
25-29 August 2014, Durban, South Africa
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Dr Constance Scharff

Dr Scharff,  Addiction Research, Cliffside Malibu, USA. Constance has a PhD in Transformative Studies, specializing in addiction recovery. She is the Senior Addiction Research Fellow and Director of Addiction Research at Cliffside Malibu Addiction Treatment Center and coauthor with Richard Taite of the #1 bestselling book, 'Ending Addiction for Good'. Her analysis of integrated, holistic addiction recovery methods is being heralded as “groundbreaking” and “lifesaving".  Dr Scharff writes for a variety of journals and speaks worldwide to healing professionals on the science and spirituality of addiction recovery –- from the neuroscience of addiction recovery and depression and trauma as related to addiction, to the concepts of vulnerability and hope. She has also traveled extensively in Asia, Africa, and North America, learning how to help individuals evoke life-transforming experiences and use those experiences to heal addictions and trauma.

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