Board-certified addiction psychiatrist Christopher La Tourette La Riche, MD, nationally recognized expert in nutrition and fitness Pamela Peeke, MD, and triple board certified addiction psychiatrist Michael Baron, MD, present at a three-part workshop on Addiction and the Brain in Houston, TX. Houston, TX (PRWEB) August 26, 2014 \u2013 Promises Behavioral Health presents a unique, three-part workshop on Addiction and the Brain: Common Neurochemistry of Trauma, Pain and Addiction, in Houston on September 12, 2014. This workshop explores recent brain research in the areas of chronic pain, trauma and food chemistry and answers the following critical questions, among others: \tWhat effect do childhood trauma, chronic pain and food chemistry have on the addictive process, including recovery and relapse? \tWhat happens to the brain and body before, during and after treatment? \tWhat are the suggested protocols for treatment and the recommendations for clients with trauma and chronic pain based on current findings in brain research? Following registration and introductions, Christopher La Tourette La Riche, MD, will present \u201cThe Child is Father of the Man: Neurobiological Crossroads of Trauma, Addiction and Mood Disorders,\u201d from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Dr. La Riche will discuss the three basic elements of the neuroendocrine system that, when altered in early life, can affect mood, anxiety and addiction. \u201cWhile everyone has experienced difficult life events, when trauma occurs in early childhood, it can seriously impact an individual\u2019s life later, in some cases leading to mood and addictive disorders,\u201d said Dr. La Riche. Dr. La Riche will name and briefly explain a number of early life events that have directly correlated with disruptions in mood and the appearance of addictive disorders later. From 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., Michael Baron, MD, MPH, FASAM, will present a second workshop addressing \u201cThe Added Complexity of Chronic Pain.\u201d \u201cChronic pain is an integral part of vicious cycles,\u201d said Dr. Baron. \u201cPain aggravates addiction and addiction aggravates pain. Not only does this compromise effective treatment, but there\u2019s little hope of combating chronic pain or addiction without treating both. The same can be said about pain and depression.\u201d Understanding the anatomy, pathology and physiology of chronic pain and addiction will help workshop participants gain a greater perspective on the interaction between them. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, will present the day\u2019s third topic, \u201cFood and Addiction: The Relationship Between Food, Recovery and Relapse.\u201d \u201cScience now shows that food addiction is real and that cross addictions between food, alcohol and drugs are common and can complicate the recovery process,\u201d said Dr. Peeke. \u201cCertain hyper-palatable foods, especially refined sugar, have a profound impact on the brain\u2019s reward center. Food is supposed to be rewarding. However, repeated, daily exposure to combinations of manufactured and processed sugars and fats can result in a highjacking of this reward center, causing organic brain changes that initiate the addictive cycle.\u201d Integrating the new science of epigenetics, Dr. Peeke will\u00a0present critical integrative lifestyle elements that form the basic structure for treating addictive-like eating behaviors. A panel discussion and Q&A follows with Jason Powers, MD, chief medical officer at Right Step and Promises Austin, and Scott Basing, PhD, founding executive director of The Hope and Healing Center. There is no cost to attend this workshop, but seating is limited. Attendees may earn up to four continuing education credits. To register, visit the Promises Behavioral Health events page\u00a0or contact Jeanette Lisalda at firstname.lastname@example.org. About Dr. La Riche Christopher La Tourette La Riche, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist and addiction psychiatrist and an award-winning psychotherapist who serves as medical director at Lucida Treatment Center in Florida. Dr. La Riche specializes in treating patients with addictive disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, adult ADHD and panic disorder. He uses a humanistic approach that focuses on the whole person, not just the disease. About Dr. Baron Michael Baron, MD, MPH, FASAM, is triple board certified in psychiatry, anesthesiology and addiction medicine and is the medical director of The Ranch treatment center in Tennessee. Dr. Baron\u2019s passion is treating patients that have addiction and chronic pain, particularly among licensed professionals. He is currently serving a five-year appointment on the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners (Licensing Board) and is Chair of the Tennessee Department of Health Controlled Substance Monitoring Database Committee that is responsible for oversight of the CSMD database. He is also a group facilitator for the Tennessee Medical Foundation \u2013 Physician Health Program. About Dr. Peeke Dr. Pamela Peeke is a leading expert in the fields of nutrition and fitness. A Pew Foundation Scholar in nutrition and metabolism, Dr. Peeke is also assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland, and Fellow of the American College of Physicians and Sports Medicine. She is the chief lifestyle expert for WebMD, host of HER radio show on RadioMD and iHeart, a popular TEDx presenter, and chief nutrition and fitness correspondent for Discovery Health TV. Dr. Peeke is a New York Times best-selling author, including The Hunger Fix: The Three Stage Detox and Recovery Program for Overeating and Food Addiction. As senior science advisor to Promises Behavioral Health, she has created the integrative nutrition and holistic lifestyle programs at Malibu Vista women\u2019s mental health center and Lucida Treatment Center. About Promises Behavioral Health Promises Behavioral Health is a family of behavioral health care programs that includes Promises Treatment Centers, The Ranch, The Recovery Place, Lucida Treatment Center, Clarity Way, Journey Healing Centers, the Sundance Center, the Sexual Recovery Institute and Right Step. Elements offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health disorders. We are committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the patient but for the entire family system. For more information about Promises Behavioral Health, visit elementsbh4.wpengine.com.