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“Designer Drugs, Substance Use Disorders & Treatment”

September 22, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

“Designer Drugs, Substance Use Disorders & Treatment”

“Substance Use Disorder Intervention”

“Trauma Integrated Addiction Treatment”

Presented by Recovery Centers of America

Join experts Richard Straub and Chris Dorval for 6 Hours of CEU Training as they shed light on these topics and use their knowledge to raise awareness in the recovery community. 


“Designer Drugs, Substance Use Disorders & Treatment”

A designer drug is a structural or functional equivalent of a controlled substance that has been designed to mimic the pharmacological effects of the original drug. Some designer drugs were originally synthesized by academic or industrial researchers in an effort to discover more potent derivatives with fewer side effects.  Illicit labs around the world are in the business of manufacturing and distributing these drugs and their own versions.  With increasing pharmacological expertise drugs are being produced to avoid being classified as illegal and to avoid detection in standard drug tests.  Synthetic designer drugs are readily available online and are now drugs of abuse. With increasing frequency, patients with serious medical and psychiatric complications related to the use of “bath salts”, synthetic cannabinoids, “Molly” etc. are presenting in emergency rooms and treatment centers.  Their use needs to be understood in the context of traditional Substance Use Disorder treatment and recovery with special attention focused on initial clinical interventions and co-morbid psychiatric illnesses.

“Substance Use Disorder Intervention”

If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. This presentation will address how every patient and their family situation is different and necessitates “a made to order” clinical approach.  When it comes to intervention, treatment and retention one size does not fit all. Some of the key concepts originated by Carl Whitaker (1912-1995), the Founder of Experiential Family Therapy will be presented and discussed.  The uniqueness of a family’s situation demands ongoing flexibility and the savvy clinician should have several clinical strategies and philosophies at their disposal in order to be effective.

“Trauma Integrated Addiction Treatment”
An abundance of research has pointed to poor treatment outcomes for people with co-occurring trauma and addiction. Traditional addiction treatment has ignored the significant impact of trauma on personal recovery and subsequently people have continued to struggle as a result. With recent advances in understanding the impact of trauma, it is time for a change in the approach taken toward trauma and addiction. This interactive and experiential presentation offers an overview of the impact of trauma on the recovery process from a social, biological, psychological, and spiritual perspective and will provide clinicians with skills to work people affected by trauma throughout their recovery, as well as, understanding the conceptual framework of trauma-informed practice.


Reinhard Straub, LICSW, LCDCS

Reinhard has worked in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health field since 1989. He has developed, initiated, and directed substance abuse programs in multiple states, while serving as a faculty member at Empire State College, State University of New York. In addition, he has conducted over 1,000 clinical interventions with the NY Medical Society’s Committee for Physician Health and as a private clinician. Reinhard recently returned to private practice with offices in Connecticut and Rhode Island.


Chris is a business development officer for RCA, a therapist in private practice, project coordinator at Rhode Island College, and a clinical consultant specializing in addiction, trauma, and men’s health. He worked as the director of clinical outreach and development for an international training and consulting agency, and as a clinician and clinical supervisor in addiction treatment. Chris has extensive training treating co-occurring trauma and addiction. As a person in long-term recovery himself, Chris is passionate about working closely with those affected by addiction and trauma and has dedicated his practice to this focus.




September 22, 2017
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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4 West Wharf Road
Madison, CT United States
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