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We take a hard look at treatment, research, and policy in the addiction field.  We feature a variety of guests to explore the world of addictive disorders.

May 27, 2015
Gary Tsai, M.D.  - SAPC Medical Director

Dr. Gary Tsai is the Medical Director for Los Angeles County Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC).  He discusses his priorities for substance abuse treatment in LA County.  One of the more concerning trends is the dramatic increase of opioid use, both prescription drug and heroin use.

Dr. Tsai is promoting LA County's Al-impics, an athletic competition for those in recovery, including teams from various treatment agencies in the city.  Among the guests will be Actor Danny Trejo, Interventionist Candy Finnigan, and Boxer Mia St. John.



Saturday May 30, 2015


Los Angeles Harbor City College

1111 Figueroa Place

Wilmington, CA 90744

May 6, 2015
Adolescent Treatment - Rachel Gonzales, Ph.D.

Rachel Gonzales, Ph.D. is a research psychologist who joined Azusa Pacific's Department of Psychology as an associate professor in 2011. She has extensive training in public health, developmental and health psychology, and addiction medicine/psychiatry. Her teaching and research integrate qualitative and quantitative research methods, with a focus on the application of behavioral and social-system-level theories to understand the etiology and maintenance of risky behaviors among diverse populations. Primary interests include tertiary prevention and disease management approaches, including wellness/health promotion; adolescent and young adult health.

She is researching the recovery from substance use, taking a developmental social approach, and serves as the principal investigator on a five-year, NIH-funded grant to develop and test the utility of a mobile-based continuing care recovery support program (text messaging) for youth transitioning out of substance abuse treatment. She is also an affiliated scholar in the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs within the Department of Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Apr 22, 2015
An Introduction to Matrix, with Michael McCann, M.A.

Michael McCann is the Associate Director and Director of Research for Matrix Institute on Addictions.

Mr. McCann is one of the founders of Matrix Institute, and contributed to the development of the Matrix Model.  He has implemented and directed many NIDA-funded research projects and CSAT-funded programs for Matrix.

Mr. McCann trains and lectures on evidence-based behavioral interventions, pharmacologic treatments, methamphetamine and opioid dependence, and on the implementation of research findings into clinical practice.

For more information, visit

Apr 8, 2015

 Timothy Fond, MD

Timothy W. Fong, M.D. is and Addiction Psychiatrist and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. 

He is the co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program. The purpose of this program is to examine the underlying causes and course of problem and pathological gambling and to develop effective, evidence-based treatments. He is also the director of the UCLA Addiction Medicine Clinic, a teaching clinic that specializes in the treatment of all disorders of addiction. Finally, he is also the director of the UCLA Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, which provides high-level training in addiction psychiatry.

For more information, you may visit the UCLA Gambling Studies Program.