Dr. Bessel van der Kolk Receives Research Award at Sex & Love Addiction Conference

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Dr. Patrick Carnes, the pioneer researcher whose work helped establish the concept of compulsive sexual behavior as an addiction, presented a Research Award to Dr. Bessel van der Kolk at the second annual International Sex & Love Addiction Conference.

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Dr. Patrick Carnes, the pioneer researcher whose work helped establish the concept of compulsive sexual behavior as an addiction, presented a Research Award to Dr. Bessel van der Kolk at the second annual International Sex & Love Addiction Conference. The three-day conference focused on the changing architecture of addictive desire, trauma, and attachment.

Clinical consultant and Senior Fellow at The Meadows (http://www.themeadows.com), Dr. van der Kolk accepted the Research Award from the American Foundation for Addiction Research for his research as a clinical psychiatrist known internationally for his contributions in the areas of post-traumatic stress and related phenomenon since the 1970s. His book Psychological Trauma was the first integrative text on the subject.

Co-sponsored by The Meadows, a Wickenburg, Arizona-based treatment center focusing on trauma and addiction, this key industry event drew more than 300 clinicians and therapists who explored the many facets of Sex & Love Addiction, one of the most pertinent clinical and counseling issues facing addiction and mental health professionals.

Dr. Patrick Carnes was pleased to fill the role of Conference Chair. “All of The Meadows staff who took part in this year’s industry event – from our senior fellows to our chief of psychiatry – continually incorporate the latest research into our incomparable treatment programs that have made us the most trusted name in treating trauma and addiction.”

Prominent speakers included John Bradshaw, Senior Fellow at The Meadows who accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award; Conference Chair Dr. Patrick Carnes, founder of Gentle Path at The Meadows (http://www.gentlepathmeadows.com); and Dr. Claudia Black, renowned addictions, codependency, and family systems expert who is also a Senior Fellow at The Meadows and has spent more than a decade in an advisory role there.

Conference attendee Dr. Jon Caldwell, chief of psychiatry at The Meadows who specializes in the treatment of adults with relational trauma histories and addictive behaviors, found the conference inspiring, enlightening, and meaningful. “This international conference features some of the most knowledgeable and respected thought leaders of our day in the fields of trauma, attachment, and sex/love addiction. Additionally, their experience and wisdom is being augmented by a new generation of passionate leaders and remarkable scientific advances. It has been a historic conference that will have great meaning and utility for the people we serve!”

About The Meadows (http://www.themeadows.com): The Meadows is an industry leader in treating trauma and addiction through its inpatient and workshop programs. To learn more about The Meadows’ work with trauma and addiction contact us at (800) 244-4949 or visit http://www.themeadows.com.

About The American Foundation for Addiction Research (http://www.addictionresearch.com): The American Foundation for Addiction Research (AFAR) was founded in 1998 by Dr. Patrick Carnes, a pioneer in sexual addiction who has made innovations in sexual compulsivity, trauma, and outcome measures through scientific research, treatment and education.

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