Just a quick note to let everyone know that we held a very successful Congressional briefing entitled "Alcohol, Stress, and the Brain: Implications for Treatment and Recovery" last Thursday in cooperation with the Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus and the Military Mental Health Caucus. The briefing was organized by the APA Science Directorate on behalf of the Friends of NIAAA coalition. NIAAA Director George Koob, PhD provided a comprehensive overview of the Institute’s research portfolio on the neurobiological underpinnings of alcohol use disorders as they relate to PTSD. APA/CPDD/RSA member Rajita Sinha, PhD, followed with a dynamic presentation summarizing her fMFRI research on relapse and recovery in patients with alcohol use disorders. Lastly, Anthony Doran, who currently serves as a Peer Support Specialist with Vets4Warriors, and is a veteran of the Afghan campaign, discussed his PTSD and alcohol use disorder diagnoses and his personal journey through recovery. The room was filled to capacity and the briefing stimulated lots of excellent Q&A moderated by Friends of NIAAA coalition Chair and APA Division 50 Fellow, Carlo DiClemente, PhD.
Geoffrey K. Mumford, Ph.D. | Associate Executive Director for Government Relations
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