How Does Addiction Affect the Brain?
Geoffrey Ahern continues his passionate discussion on addiction in this highly informative and clinical talk. Looking at the brain regions involved in addiction will take you back to Anatomy and Physiology 101, however, Geoff believes that by understanding that addiction is a biological process, and not just a result of bad choices, we as healthcare professionals can provide better and more compassionate care. An interesting take on brain anatomy.
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.