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The Science of Addiction

22m of CPD
Geoffrey Ahern
20 September 2017

Addiction has long been recognised as a disease of the brain and understanding the neuroplasticity of drug addiction has clinical significance for treatment. In this lecture, Geoff Ahern will reveal what exactly is happening in the brain when a person becomes addicted to opioids.


Geoffrey Ahern


Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician and educator who splits his time between working with people in a mental health crisis in the ED setting and working proactively in educating other health professionals and the community about how to better understand mental health problems and also substance use and addiction. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in emergency and trauma, rural nursing, alcohol and other drug counselling, and psychiatric nursing across both the public and private sectors. He holds a masters of health science (mental health and addiction). Geoff is particularly fascinated by the impact that exercise, nutrition, community, meaning and purpose, and practices like yoga have on a person’s mental health as well as living a simple life of reflection, contentment, and wonderment.


Sarah J Finlayson29 May 2018
Brilliant; one of the best talks I've heard on the subject of addiction - highly recommended!! Thank you

Marian Soares26 Apr 2018
Informative and interesting.

Jenna He25 Apr 2018
I have obtained new knowledge. Thank you!

Kezza Bartley26 Dec 2017
Very good presenter

Gwenneth flaherty12 Nov 2017
the educator had good information .

Kasha Wiencierz28 Oct 2017
Fantastic presentation!

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