Everything You Thought You Knew About Addiction

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Lecture Overview

"THE WAR ON DRUGS"! We've all heard this term. But what kind of connotations do those words carry for the patients in our care who are struggling with addiction? Geoff Ahern continues his passionate crusade on the views and treatment of addiction in this informative talk. Learn about how our war on some drugs started, and why these beliefs persist today.


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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 to educate other health professionals and the community about how to better understand mental health problems, as well as 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. See Educator Profile