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Dave Kenney is the Co-Founder and Executive Director at Emergo Recovery, a private, residential recovery and wellness centre in Ontario, Canada, focused on a brain-first approach specializing in Actualized Recovery®. Dave has dedicated his extensive career to helping individuals reclaim their life after struggles with addictions, substance abuse disorder, anxiety, depression and other debilitating challenges. He is a PhD candidate at Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK, focusing on neuroscience and psychological perspectives. He holds a master’s degree in education from Northwestern State University and a bachelor of arts degree from Northern Arizona University. He is also a certified Brain Health Coach through the Amen Clinics, a master’s certified Brainwave Optimization Technician, a certified Life Coach, and has certification in Self-Management for Addiction Recovery Training (SMART Recovery) and as a Recovery Coach (CCAR). Additionally, Dave is a member of both the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
Actualized Recovery® is a systematic, neurophysiological and the neuropsychological approach into helping people overcome substance abuse and or addiction towards sustaining their recovery journey. According to The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) defines addiction as “Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of the brain reward, motivation, memory and related dopamine pathway. The most important reward pathway in brain the mesolimbic dopamine system, specifically the ventral tegmental area, and where addiction is defined as a chronic disease hallmarked by a state of compulsive drug-seeking that persists, (Joffee, 2014). As per, Lewis MD, Todd RM, the self-regulating brain: cortical-subcortical feedback and the development of intelligent action. Cognitive Development. 2007;22:406–430. doi: 10.1016/j.cogdev.2007.08.004, required that creating a lasting impact for addictions recovery, leverages applied neuroplasticity. Hence applied neuroscience offers the opportunity to leverage the positive effects of neuroplasticity and neurogenesis, which underlies behavioral choice and learning and therefore sustain a reduction of the symptomatology of this disease, with the implications of effective, systematic neurological interventions is omnipotent, as per Pickard H, Ahmed SH, Foddy B. Introduction: alternative models of addiction. Lausanne: 2015. A brain-disorder model of addiction accepts and harnesses the neurological complexities and biological implications of addictions and implications as it relates to the functionality of the brain, Alexander, B. (2009). This theoretical framework in addiction studies focuses on the biopsychosocial framework, which recognizes the complex interactions between biology, behaviour, and environment, which directly inform the author's research in his Ph.D. data presentation. As a result, of this applied neurological model is informed by The Dislocation Theory of Addiction, Alexander, B, (2010). Alexander, highlights the importance of the environmental, social and personal connections in as it relates to a cause and effect as well as supporting recovery, as per his reference to Eitan, et al (2017). This related to "Opioid addiction: Who are your real friends?". Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. 83: 697–712., which is paramount to the researchers’ findings, to date. The protocol of Actualized Recovery is a model that leverages applied neuroscience towards sustained well-being in recovery. This embraces an integrative, multi-dimensional solution for the individual. This model of recovery encompasses a systematic approach of applied applications of various within the conceptual framework of applied neuroscience for recovery and well-being including, but not exclusively including biological, learning, psychological, spiritual, social, and wellbeing coaching. In this presentation, of the recent Ph.D. the researcher’s findings overview a distillation of research finding and analysis of applied neuroscience as well as case studies that demonstrate the dramatic benefits of this approach to lasting recovery and wellbeing, overviewed, toward a providing model of intervention as per the protocols detailed herein.