The Role of Lifestyle Psychiatry in Treating Addiction Disorders

David Baron, MD
Friday, Feb. 23, 2024

Learning Objectives:

  • Define Lifestyle Psychiatry as a distinctive branch within psychiatry that acknowledges the intricate interplay between an individual’s lifestyle choices and their mental health. It delves into the multifaceted dimensions of a person’s life -diet, physical activity, sleep patterns, stress management, and social interactions – to comprehend their impact on mental well-being.
  • Understand the correlation between Lifestyle Psychiatry and Addiction which lies in the acknowledgment that lifestyle factors can profoundly influence addictive tendencies. By recognizing and intervening in these lifestyle components, LP serves as a complementary approach in treating addiction.
  • Discuss several aspects of Lifestyle Psychiatry wielding direct influence over the treatment of addictive disorders. Techniques like cognitive-behavioral interventions, stress reduction strategies, promoting healthy habits, and fostering a supportive social network constitute integral components.
  • Understand interventions aimed at modifying behaviors, reducing triggers, and enhancing coping mechanisms to mitigate addictive behaviors.


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About the Speaker

David Baron, MD
David Baron, MD

David Baron, DO, MSEd, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his role as the Senior Vice President, Provost, and Chief Academic Officer at Western University of Health Sciences. Notably, Dr. Baron’s contributions extend beyond academia; he’s an esteemed member of Team USA, having served as a sports medicine/psychiatrist during the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and maintaining a longstanding involvement with the Olympics since 1984. His clinical focus encompasses addiction psychiatry, athlete mental health, and overall wellness.

At Western U, Dr. Baron’s approach to education spans multiple healthcare disciplines, such as physical therapy, dentistry, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, podiatry, and osteopathic medicine. His emphasis on integrating mental health and behavioral healthcare into these programs underscores the importance of a holistic approach to healthcare education.

As an accomplished author with numerous publications and a recipient of prestigious awards, Dr. Baron’s contributions extend beyond his clinical and academic endeavors. His dedication to interdisciplinary education and training has elevated the appreciation for the pivotal role of integrated mental health care in diverse healthcare settings.

Joint Accreditation Statement

Joint Accreditation Statement: In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and Galen Mental Health. Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. Amedco Joint Accreditation #4008163.