Craving: Why We Can’t Seem To Get Enough 2015



When we find ourselves wanting something strong enough, we’ll do just about anything to get it – sometimes at the expense of our bodies, brains, bank accounts and relationships. So why do we sometimes have the irrepressible feeling that we need something — such as food, cigarettes, alcohol or sex – that we really just want? And how do we satiate that feeling without indulging it? In this workshop Dr. Manejwala addresses the physiological roots of cravings and the role they play in alcoholism and drug dependency. He will review the neurological changes that occur when cravings give way to addiction and will offer practical ways to deal with and resist temptation.


Psychologists, clinicians, interns/residents in training, substance abuse counselors and treatment specialists, nurses, behaviorists, administrators, direct care and social services professionals, psychiatrists, primary care physicians, internists, residential staff, day program staff, educators, service coordinators, case managers and other professionals coordinating and applying treatment strategies for substance use and abuse.


7:45 am Registration Opens
8:15 am Welcome and Announcements
8:30 am Workshop Begins
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Resume Workshop
12:00 noon Lunch (provided)
12:30 pm Panel Discussion During Lunch
1:00 pm Resume Workshop
2:30 pm Break
2:45 pm Resume Workshop
4:30 pm Dismiss

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the physiological roots of cravings and describe the role they play in addictions.
  • List specific strategies for coping with cravings and addictions.
  • Identify at least three different substance-specific tips for kicking a habit.

Burrell Behavioral Health is committed to an ongoing process consisting of formal learning activities that (1) are relevant to psychological practice, education and science, (2) enable psychologists to keep pace with emerging issues and technologies, and (3) allow psychologists to maintain, develop, and increase competencies in order to improve services to the public and enhance contributions to the profession.

Burrell is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Burrell maintains responsibility for the program and its content. This one day conference is approved for 7.5 hours of continuing education. This conference is to be considered an intermediate to advanced level of training.


Dr. Omar Manejwala, MD

Omar Manejwala, MD, is the senior vice president and chief medical officer of Catasys in Los Angeles, California, and is the former medical director at Hazelden Foundation. Dr. Manejwala is a transformative public speaker and appears frequently in the national media to address the topic of addiction.

Hotel Reservations

RamadaThe 2015 Craving Conference will be held at the University Plaza Hotel Convention Center, Springfield, Missouri

Located in the heart of downtown Springfield – surrounded by great restaurants, lounges and coffee shops – this first class hotel has terrific resort-style amenities like a fitness center, whirlpool, sundeck and indoor and outdoor pools.

Special Room Rates

Discount rooms are available at the University Plaza hotel at the rate of $89 per night. Mention the Craving Conference when making your reservations. Room blocks only available until March 20th.

University Plaza

See their website and take a tour of the hotel at:

University Plaza Hotel
333 John Q. Hammons Parkway
Springfield MO 65806

Hotel Phone: 417.864.7333
Hotel Fax: 417.831.5893