Continuing Education Event – Impact of Genetics, Biology, and Environment on Substance Use Disorder – webinar – 1/20/2021

Why is it that some people try drugs or alcohol and never have a problem, some people use for years before then notice a problem and other seem to develop substance use problems almost after their first use? If we look at the steps in developing a substance use disorder, the person first must initiate substance use, then the shift from experimental use to regular, ongoing, problematic use, then meet multiple diagnostic criteria for substance use disorder.

Twin studies have allowed us to identify and evaluate the significant genetic components at play in this process. A genetic predisposition to a disease does not mean that an individual is destined to develop that disease. In fact, like most things in life, it’s much more complicated than that. For example, genetics account for 60% of the tendency to become addicted to nicotine, but even more interesting, genetics accounts for 75% of a person’s inclination to begin smoking, and 54% of one’s ability to quit.

This presentation will examine these various factors that influence the development, continuation, and cessation of substance use disorders.

As a result of this session:
1. Attendees will be able to identify the criteria for diagnosing substance use disorders.
2. Attendees will understand various genetic influences on substance use disorders.
3. Attendees will be able to list 3 ways the environment impacts the development and continuation of substance use disorders.

Recovery Centers of America has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7002. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Recovery Centers of America is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This course qualifies for 1 credit hour.

Deni Carise, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
Deni Carise, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and part of the recovery community for over 30 years. She is currently Chief Scientific Officer of Recovery Centers of America (RCA) and Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Pennsylvania. RCA is dedicated to creating neighborhood-based treatment and recovery campuses that include detoxification, residential, partial hospital, intensive and traditional outpatient, and family services, all available on one campus. Beginning in March 2016, they opened 6 such campuses, 2 in MA and MD, and 1 each in PA and NJ, multiple outpatient programs and one opioid treatment program. Their goal is to get 1 million Americans into meaningful recovery.

Deni has held similar positions at CRC Health Group, providing behavioral health services to more than 42,000 men, women and teens every day at more than140 programs in 33 states and Phoenix House, a nonprofit substance abuse treatment provider with over 100 programs in 10 states where Dr. Carise developed national standards for clinical care, Clinical Toolkits for over 30 evidence-based practices, and helped usher in a new era of care to position the company to successfully address changes secondary to healthcare reform. Dr. Carise was also Chief Clinical Advisor for Sierra Tucson, a premier facility treating substance abuse, pain, mood, eating and trauma disorders.


Jan 20 2021


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



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