Craving: Why We Can’t Seem To Get Enough



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, psychiatrists, primary care physicians, internists, clinicians, interns/residents in training, substance abuse counselors and treatment specialists, nurses, behaviorists, administrators, direct care and social services professionals, 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
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 approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. This conference offers 7.0 CE’s for participants. Burrell maintains responsibility for the program and its contents.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with Essential Areas and policies of the Missouri State Medical Association through the joint sponsorship of CoxHealth and Burrell Behavioral Health. CoxHealth is accredited by the Missouri State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CoxHealth designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CoxHealth Education Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Missouri Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

7.0 Contact Hours

Accreditation approval only refers to this educational activity and does not imply endorsement of any commercial products by Burrell Behavioral Health or CoxHealth, or any other proprietary entity producing health care goods or services.

Participants will receive statements of credit at the end of the program when all requirements for credit have been met. Satisfactory completion of objectives will occur through program attendance. Therefore contact hours will be given only for hours the participant attends. In order to receive a statement of credit, all participants must sign-in at the registration desk and turn in a completed evaluation and Verification of Attendance forms at the end of the program.

We reserve the right to substitute speakers and topics in case of emergency or cancellation. Information presented during this conference represents the views and opinions of the presenters and does not necessarily constitute the opinion, endorsement of, or promotion by Burrell Behavioral Health or CoxHealth.


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.

Book Sales

Dr. Manejwala’s book will be available at the conference, and he will autograph all copies purchased.

Hotel Reservations

RamadaThe Craving: Why We Can’t Seem To Get Enough Workshop will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, Springfield, Missouri

The Hilton Garden Inn Springfield Missouri hotel is conveniently located at Republic Road, just off of US Hwy 60, adjacent to the medical mile and Springfield’s Southside business corridor. Enjoy easy access to numerous shops, trendy restaurants, bars and popular local attractions as well as important businesses and corporations.

Special Room Rates

Hilton Garden Inn features revolutionary adjustable beds, fresh cooked-to-order breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi and refrigerators and microwaves in all guest rooms. Discount rooms are available for this conference at the rate of $109 per night. Mention the Craving Conference when making your reservations. Room blocks only available until October 3rd. Reservations and information 417.875.8800.

NOTE: Rooms at the special rate are subject to availability and sell out quickly! Hotel reservations are separate from conference registration and must be booked and paid for separately.

Hilton Garden Inn Springfield

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4155 South Nature Center Way
Springfield MO 65804
Hotel Phone: 417.875.8800
Hotel Fax: 417.875.8801