With advance notice and scheduling, Peter is able to offer the training and education on the neuroscience of addiction that he has presented in wide array of venues across Kansas that include the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office, Federal Public Defenders and Community Corrections retreats, Sedgwick County Permanency Coordinating Council, Juvenile Judges, Wichita State University, Employee Assistance Programs and many colleagues, as well as churches and schools.
Mr. Ninemire’s presentations correlate the scientific evidence supporting addiction as a medical disease with his experiential understanding of addiction, both personally and professionally, in his past 10-plus years working with adolescents, probationers, parolees and drug court clients. He explains how the disruption between critical brain structures resulting from drug and alcohol use correlates with the physiological, psychological and sociological aspects of the biopsychosocial disease of addiction.
He demonstrates how this interface and disruption leads to the defensiveness, guilt, shame and hopelessness manifested in patients who have acquired the disease of addiction. Attendees gain the fundamental knowledge and understanding of addiction as a biopsychosocial disease that they will be able to impart to those they serve or interact with that have acquired the disease of addiction. This helps both patients and families reduce guilt and shame, and alleviate the embarrassment that too many families have about their loved ones who suffer from this disease. Lines of communication are open, enabling them to understand “what happened to them” versus the stigmatization of “what’s wrong with them”. This understanding and approach has been proven to empower patients to gain recovery and live productive, fulfilled and meaningful lives.
Take a look at this PowerPoint presentation that Peter presents in a wide variety of venues.