In the midst of our current global pandemic, we’ve heard a lot about the “cytokine storm” and the strange paradox that healthier people can be more at risk of being attacked by their own immune systems. This phenomenon is an example of the complex balance the body maintains with external stress - a balance between robust defense and self-defeating paranoia. We all know that stress and health are related, but how? What are the specific physiologic consequences of unmanaged stress? What actually gets damage in our bodies and brains, and what are the best ways to minimize, stop and repair that damage? In this lecture, we will explore the physiology and pathophysiology of stress and trauma, how this science translates into effective strategies to minimize the impact of stress on our lives, avoid turning stress into trauma, and build resilience in order to live a long life.
Kevin McCauley, MD is a Senior Fellow at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. He first became interested in the treatment of substance use disorders while serving as a Naval Flight Surgeon where he observed the US Navy’s policy of treating addiction as a safety (not a moral) issue, returning treated pilots to flight status under careful monitoring. Dr. McCauley wrote and directed two films: Memo to Self, exploring the concepts of recovery management, and Pleasure Unwoven, on neuroscience of addiction. He won the 2010 Michael Q. Ford Award for Journalism from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers.
As a person in long-term recovery himself, Dr. McCauley is grateful for the many benefits he received to establish his sobriety and strives to make sure that people have access to the same benefits and opportunities. He is committed to understanding how addiction plays out in the lives of people from diverse races and different cultures, genders, and orientations, and hearing their unique perspectives of recovery. Although addiction can be a debilitating disease personally and spiritually, Dr. McCauley joins with his colleagues to treat people seeking sobriety with respect, preserve their dignity, and accompany them as they find their own path into recovery.
Financial: Kevin McCauley is director of program services at New Roads Treatment Center. He is the co-founder of the Institute for Addiction Study. Dr. McCauley receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Kevin McCauley is no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
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