Speaker Bio & Presentations


Special Speaker

Doug Paul

Doug Paul, LPC, LMHC, LCPC, QS, CPCS has been working as a clinician with substance use disorders since 2007. He completed a Bachelor of Arts from University of Central Florida in 2002. He went on to complete a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Georgia State University in 2007. During his graduate training, he participated in and presented University-sponsored research findings at the American Counseling Association’s Annual Convention in Montreal, Quebec; going on to present at over 35 professional conferences over the next 17 years. While at two nationally-recognized treatment programs in the Atlanta area from 2007-2019, he gained skills in both clinical and leadership acumen. Currently in private practice, he continues to provide therapy, consultation and program development. Doug continues to practice his own recovery program over the last 23 years.

Presentations & Workshops

A Multi-faceted Approach to Cravings Management

The DSM 5 added “cravings” to the criteria for substance use disorders in 2015. Just as substance use disorder can impact every area of life, so too must the approach for cravings management. The goals for this workshop will be to review the literature on cravings management techniques, discuss cravings management medications and elicit a discussion of multi-faceted approaches that have worked for those on the front lines of SUD treatment. This dynamic presentation is both experiential and educational with the use of mixed-media and pop-culture references.

Learning Objectives

  •  Identify one way the addition of "cravings" to the DSM 5 impacts the work of SUD treatment.
  • Compare and contrast four craving types.
  • Compare and contrast medical and behavioral interventions used to manage cravings.
  • Apply at least one new intervention to assess and manage cravings.

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