Board certified in adult psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and addiction medicine, Dr. Ashish “Ash” Bhatt has dedicated several years to treating mental health conditions and substance addiction in both youth and adults. Having previously served as chief medical officer for the Florida region of Elements Behavioral Health and now the Chief Medical Officer at Sovereign Health, Dr. Ash Bhatt frequently speaks at medical conferences and continuing education workshops. In 2013, for example, Dr. Ash Bhatt led a psychiatry workshop in Boca Raton, Florida, entitled “You Can’t Just Talk it Out of Them – The Neurobiology of the Addicted Mind.”
Focused on multi-modal treatment strategies for substance addiction, the workshop sought to provide a fuller picture of the neurobiological basis for addiction. In many cases, psychiatrists are primarily concerned with the behavioral changes associated with addiction. However, a patient’s neurology should be granted equal bearing in the diagnosis and treatment of addiction, as the former can have a significant impact on the individual’s motivational hierarchy and executive functioning.
The workshop introduced attendees to the neurochemical and neuroanatomical aspects of addiction, associated symptoms, and specific examples of addiction’s impact on motivational hierarchies. In addition, attendees explored how a lack of knowledge regarding the neurobiological aspects of addiction can result in inaccurate diagnoses, making a multi-modal understanding of addiction crucial to delivering effective treatment.