The Brain and Addiction: Treating Addiction as a Psychological Illness

Want to learn more about how the brain and addiction influence each other? In this video, Wasatch Crest’s Clinical Director, Rich McDonald, CMHC, discusses treating addiction as a psychological illness. He covers:

  • Addiction as a psychological illness
  • How addiction changes the brain
  • Environmental and genetic risk factors for addiction
  • Combatting the perception of addiction as a choice

You can watch his presentation here: 

About the Author

Rich McDonald, MS, CMHC — Clinical Director

As the leader of Wasatch Crest’s clinical program, Rich has created a clinical culture that empowers clients to rewrite their stories and develop meaningful lives. Rich brings over 25 years of leadership experience and ten years working in the recovery community.

Leading with respect, accountability, and acceptance, Rich embodies Wasatch Crest’s human-centric treatment approach. He’s passionate about incorporating nature into recovery and is dedicated to helping clients build lives worth staying sober for.

Rich is an avid trail runner, and has successfully competed in many marathons, ultra marathons, and 100-mile trail races.

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