Thursday, June 23, 2022
10:00 a.m. PST (AZ Time), 12:00 p.m. CT, 1:00 p.m. ET
You may log in 15 minutes before the event but must stay for the full event to receive CE credit. There is no cost to attend this one-hour presentation.
The Gut-Brain Addiction Connection: The Role of Digestion and our Microbiom in Mental Health and Addiction.
This presentation will explore the science and research behind the complex gut/brain relationship. Studies have shown that digestion and our gut microbiome play a critical role in regulating brain function, mood, and behaviors associated with addiction. Topics will include the impact of nutrient absorption on neurotransmitter creation, the enteric nervous system, and the relationship between the microbiome in our digestive track, our mental health, and addiction.
- Identify the connection between the enteric nervous system and the central nervous system as it relates to mental health.
- Assess effects of the GI microbiome on mental health.
- Explain how addiction, chronic stress, and medications influence the nervous system and digestive system.
- List strategies to improve patient outcomes by optimizing digestion.
Maureen Schwehr, NMD
Director of Integrative Services
Maureen Schwehr, NMD, serves as Sierra Tucson’s director of integrative services. Her department provides a unique combination of physical and mental health support for residents. Dr. Schwehr oversees a team of experienced and talented staff whose services include naturopathic medical consults, acupuncture, physical therapy, chiropractic services, massage therapy, shiatsu, zero balancing, somato-emotional release, and craniosacral therapy. In addition to supervising staff, she works one-on-one with residents to help them determine the root cause of their problems. Focus is given to nutritional status and hormonal balance, supporting biochemical pathways that help the body function more effectively. Dr. Schwehr holds a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. Past experience includes a position as the medical director at Mirasol, a residential eating disorder facility. As part of the Sierra Tucson staff, she has the opportunity to be part of a truly integrative team that provides a unique, empowering perspective for residents.
Please contact Melissa Pangaro: mpangaro@NACCME.com with any registration and education credits requests.
Addiction Professionals - NAADAC
This course has been approved by HMP Education, LLC, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #182840. HMP Education is responsible for all aspects of the programing.