The 21st Annual conference of the Co-Occurring Conference Coalition is entitled, Pleasure Unwoven: Shifting the Culture on Complex Care and Addictions,” and features Kevin T. McCauley, M.D.  Dr. McCauley is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows of Wickenburg, Arizona, and Senior Recovery Advisor at Northbound Treatment Services in Orange County, California. He first became interested in the treatment of substance use disorders while serving as a Naval Flight Surgeon where he observed the U.S. Navy’s policy of treating addiction as a safety (not moral) issue and returning treated pilots to flight status under careful monitoring.

Dr. Kevin McCauley wrote and directed two films: “Memo to Self” about the concepts of recovery management, and “Pleasure Unwoven” about the neuroscience of addiction which won the 2010 Michael Q. Ford Award for Journalism from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. Dr. Kevin McCauley also continues to assist pilots with substance use disorders through his collaboration with the Air Line Pilots Association’s HIMS Program.

Educational Goals

The last twenty years produced an explosion of understanding not only of addiction (Substance Use Disorder) but how brains enable human capacities such as valuation, decision–making and social cognition. Addiction shows us how the brain constructs pleasurable experiences, what happens when this process goes wrong, and why this can have a dramatic impact in our ability to make proper choices. Early recovery can be a frightening time, but several groups of professionals have excellent success guiding people through the first year of sobriety and into long-term remission. This is the exciting new area of Recovery management – the philosophy of organizing coordinated, integrated support systems around people seeking sobriety to help them begin, maintain and strengthen their recovery. Dr. Kevin McCauley describes his experience observing the behaviors adopted and challenges faced and overcoming the most difficult part of addiction.

Educational Credits

Application has been approved for 6.0 Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP, specific to substance use) credits, 6.0 Michigan Social Work (BSW/MSW) CEUs and 6.0 Michigan Board of Nursing credits. All sessions must be attended and an evaluation submitted to be eligible for credit.


  1. Summarize the relevant neuroanatomy of substance use disorder pathophysiology and symptomology utilizing current research.
  2. Understand cross-addiction and the need to comprehend intoxicants from multiple sources including nicotine, and process addictions.
  3. Define elements of recovery oriented post treatment support and systems of care.
  4. Create ongoing care plan with recovery concepts.
  5. Understand the advantages and limitations of screening tests for drug and alcohol use.
  6. Describe complex factors leading to opioid addiction and how it evolves into a heroin epidemic.
  7. Enact a culture of safety to combat overdose deaths using providers and community based strategies.


The conference will be held at the Northwestern Michigan College Hagerty Center, 715 East Front Street, in Traverse City, Michigan 49686.


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