Understanding Addiction: Squirrel Logic

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Brad Lander, Ph.D., Clinical Psycologist, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Continuing Education Accreditation
Approved: 1.5 hours Sup.R.48, 1.5 hours CLE and 1.5 hour CPE

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Ever asked yourself, “Why don’t they just stop?” Using a mood-altering drug over time creates fundamental changes to the brain that lead to compulsive and self-destructive behavior. This presentation will help the viewer understand substance abuse as a chronic brain disease rather than bad behavior and fully conceptualize the impact of alcohol and drug use on the brain and behavior. Dr. Lander explores the physiology of how substance use becomes addiction and what this means in terms of establishing realistic time frames and expectations to support successful recovery based on neurological findings.

Faculty experience
Dr Brad Lander is a Clinical Psycologist who has worked in Columbus since 1979 in a variety of chemical dependency and mental health positions. Dr. Lander graduated with Higest Disdtinction and Phi Beta Kappa from Purdue University and receiveived his Masters and Doctorate degrees in counseling psycology from The Ohio State University. After working as a mental health therapist in community mental health and Veterans’ systems, Dr. Lander began specializing in chemical dependency. In 2001, he became the Clinical Director of Addiction Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (Talbot Hall). Dr. Lander serves as a board member and faculty with The Ohio State University Institute of Addiction Studies,. He has received the President’s Award for Outstandiung Service in the Field of Substance Abuse and the 2010 Excellence in Community Health Education award