Neurosciences Interest Group Contact for information:
Prof Antonio Verdejo Garcia
MRFF Next Generation Clinical Researchers Career Development Fellow II
Monash Institute of Cognitive & Clinical Neurosciences
Deputy Leader Addiction Program, School of Psychological Sciences
18 Innovation Walk, Clayton VIC 3800, Australia
T +61 3 9905 5374
Prof. Douglas Steele
Professor of Neuroimaging/Consultant Psychiatrist
School of Medicine, University of Dundee
Dundee DD19SY Scotland, United Kingdom
Donald J. Kurth, MD
10569 Apple Lane, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737 (909) 229-3832 email@example.com
September 30, 2018
Dear ISAM Colleagues,
Marc Galanter, M.D. has asked me to help organize the first International Society of Addiction Medicine “Twelve Step Interest Group” at our upcoming ISAM Busan 2018 Conference. The purpose of the group will be to explore the international application of Twelve Step recovery and help others to understand and apply those principles around the world. We hope to be organizing and presenting the Twelve Step Symposium at the Annual ISAM Conference and to be involved in patient care, research, and advocacy as interest and events allow.
Our inaugural organizational meeting will be held at the upcoming ISAM Busan 2018 Conference at a time and place to be determined. If you think you may be interested in joining us in this exciting and educational endeavor, please keep an eye out for our meeting announcement and plan to attend. Also, please join us in attending the very informative Twelve Step Symposium already scheduled at the ISAM Busan 2018 Conference.
Donald J. Kurth, MD
Fellow of the International Society of Addiction Medicine
Twelve Step Symposium Organizer
Inaugural meeting of the 12-Step Interest Group in Busan, Korea at ISAM 2018
ISAM has designated certain Interest Groups in order to develop key areas of interest to its members, and has now initiated an Interest Group to address the issue of spirituality with regard to addiction illness and recovery. This was undertaken because of:
(1) the Society’s definition of addiction, manifest in “biological, psychological, sociological and spiritual dimensions.”
(2) the diversity of our members’ cultural backgrounds that merit attention to the nature of spirituality in their respective national settings.
Definition of Spirituality
Spirituality can be defined as that which gives people meaning and purpose in life1. For some, it can be achieved through participation in religion. For others it can be broader and include involvement in altruistic or creative aspects of one’s cultural background, such as engagement with humanism, the arts, or nature.
Areas of Focus
We will address different aspects of spirituality which have been explored in both practice and research. Some examples are:
(1) Clinical Issues: These have been the focus of descriptive study2, analysis of mediators of drug use recovery3, and behavioral addiction4.
(2) Cross-cultural studies: Application of recovery approaches are found in diverse national settings5, among treatment professionals6, and in religiously oriented programs7.
(3) Biology: Recent imaging studies have been undertaken to ascertain neurophysiologic concomitants of spirituality in relation to addictive disorders and their treatment8,9.
Marc Galanter, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, New York University at firstname.lastname@example.org
Marc Galanter, M.D.
Research Professor of Psychiatry
NYU School of Medicine
550 First Avenue, Room NBV20N28
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-263-6960; Fax: 212-263-8285