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The Opiate Crisis: Heroin, Fentanyl and its Analogues

Understanding and Treating the Emerging Epidemic

Presented by Cardwell C. Nuckols, Ph.D.

Thursday, May 10, 2018  |  Calgary, ab

Date & Location

Thursday, May 10, 2018 – Thursday, May 10, 2018

9:00am – 4:00pm

Executive Royal Inn Calgary

2828 23rd Street NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 8T4

phone:  888.388.3932

website:  www.executivehotels.net/calgaryhotel

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

No longer is the opioid crisis being driven by pharmaceutical pain medications. Heroin and fentanyl and its many analogues (example- carfentanil is 10,000 times stronger than morphine and has 100 times the potency of fentanyl) have taken over as the leading force behind opiate addiction, overdose, death and criminality. Treatment professionals, criminal justice, first responders and the community at large are deeply and negatively impacted by these powerful and deadly drugs.

The widespread use of prescription opioids is behind the rise of a new class of drug addicts, many of whom are turning to the black market to feed their habit. In British Columbia and Alberta, the two hardest-hit provinces, fatal overdoses linked to fentanyl soared from 42 in 2012 to 418 in 2015.  According to the B.C. Coroners Service, illicit drug overdoses claimed the lives of 914 people in B.C. in 2016, making it the deadliest overdose year on record and representing an increase of nearly 80 per cent from the year before.

This skills training event will introduce those in attendance to ways of understanding the opioid addicts experience as engagement and all attempts at intervention must start here. Both psychotherapeutic and pharmacological management will be discussed. The importance of discharge planning, “wrap arounds” and extended care (due to immaturity of the prefrontal cortex) is critical for many of the younger addicts as they may not be candidates for rehabilitation but for habilitation. More than fifty percent will have a history of early life developmental trauma.

This training will take an honest look at a difficult to manage population and offer approaches designed to increase retention and enhance the possibility of long term recovery.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

“We are learning more and more about opioid addiction. Apply this knowledge to increase the addicts chances of recovery.”


  • Understanding Genetic Risk
  • Opioids, Childhood Loss and Other Traumas
  • Why Opiates?
  • Heroin, Fentanyl and its Analogues
    • Carfentanil (100 times stronger than fentanyl and 10,000 times stronger than morphine)
  • Overdose and Narcan aerosol formulation
  • Progression of Opioid Addiction
  • Impairment in Reverse Learning and a New Approach to Patient Education
  • Glutamate and Drug Seeking-Unmanageability and Powerlessness
  • Opioid Withdrawal and Its Management (including pharmacotherapy-Methadone, Buprenorphine and Naltrexone
  • Psychotherapeutic Treatment
    • Rehabilitation or Habilitation
    • Motivation for Change
    • Recovery Capital
    • Cognitive-Behavioral Techniques
  • Neuroplastic Development of the Prefrontal Cortex
  • Managing Negative Feeling States
  • What About Sleep?
  • Understanding and Treating Those That Struggle

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the heroin and fentanyl crisis from multiple viewpoints including pharmacological, psychotherapeutic and criminal justice perspectives.
  2. Discuss the subjective experience of the opiate addict and understand what “normal’ means to them.
  3. Describe the relationship between early life developmental trauma and opiate addiction including the inability to successfully manage negative feeling states.
  4. Describe several psychotherapeutic techniques useful with opiate addicts.
  5. Describe the use of pharmacological agents (examples-buprenorphine/naloxone for detoxification/maintenance and naloxone for overdose management) with the opiate addicted population.
  6. Discuss the importance of discharge planning or extended care and support necessary for many of those addicted from an early age to opiates and other mood altering drugs (example- benzodiazepine abuse).

Continuing Education Credits

Your Presenter(s)

Cardwell C. Nuckols, Ph.D.

Cardwell C. Nuckols, Ph.D., is described as “one of the most influential clinical and spiritual trainers in North America.” He has served the behavioral medicine field for over 40 years and for the last 25 years is considered one of the leading experts in the world on addiction and recovery.

Dr. Nuckols is widely published, having authored more than 65 journal articles, 30 books and workbooks, 50 DVDs, CDs and videos, and 25 audiotape series. His latest book is entitled Finding Freedom Through Illumination. His previous publication is a best seller entitled The Ego-Less SELF: Achieving Peace and Tranquility Beyond All Understanding.  Dr. Nuckols’ first book Cocaine: Dependency to Recovery is also a trade best seller, as are his booklets Quitting Heroin, Quitting Alcohol and Quitting Marijuana (Hazelden). He is the author of the book Healing an Angry Heart (HCI) and video Chalk Talk on Drugs with Father Martin (Kelly Productions).

Dr. Nuckols’ background includes advanced work in such areas as medical research, pharmacology, neurobiology and psychology. For over 35 years, he has gratefully served the healthcare industry in multiple capacities as a clinician, supervisor, program director and hospital administrator. Dr. Nuckols has led numerous corporate start-up and reengineering projects including involvement in the development of several publicly traded companies. He has served as an advisor to Quantum Immunologics, Inc. a pharmaceutical research company devoted to new technologies for treating cancer. Dr. Nuckols has consulted and trained with Labor Assistance Professionals (LAP), Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA), The Central Labor Council (AFL-CIO), United Auto Workers, Stouffers, Boeing, DuPont, General Motors, Bechtel-Bettis, Ford Motor Company, United Airlines and other industries in the area of enhancing productivity.  He served as a trainer and consultant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), federal court systems, and branches of the armed forces specializing in the areas of antisociality, violence, and trauma.

During his career, Dr. Nuckols has been awarded national honors including the SECAD Award, Larry W. Monson Award, Swinyard Award, University of Utah School on Alcohol and Other Drug Studies Service Award and Gooderham Award, as well as, being recognized for his contributions to The American Society of Addiction Medicine’s Patient Placement Criteria. Dr. Nuckols is on the review board of Counselor Magazine and has served as the conference chairperson for national conferences including the US Journal offerings “Neuroscience Meets Recovery” and “Counseling Skills”.



“Excellent workshop. Very knowledgeable presenter. Very engaging. The whole workshop was very applicable to practice. Very doable strategies.”
– Vancouver, BC | June 5, 2017


“Presenter is very knowledgeable and is able to deliver the material clearly and concisely. It was more clinical than I expected and not really applicable to my current role, however, very interesting and I will be able to use pieces in my professional and personal life.” 
– Vancouver, BC | June 5, 2017


“Very knowledgeable presenter!”
– Vancouver, BC | June 5, 2017


More information: www.cnuckols.com

Who Should Attend

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Probation Officers, Police Officers, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Recommended Accommodation

Executive Royal Inn Calgary

2828 23rd Street NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 8T4

phone:  888.388.3932

website:  www.executivehotels.net/calgaryhotel

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

* Please check back at a later time as this information will be updated when corporate/group rates are secured.

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual $229 $249
Group 3-7 $214 $234
Group 8-14 $199 $219
Group 15+ $179 $199
Full-Time Student $179 $199

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Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: April 26, 2018
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Thursday, April 26, 2018.

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