Dr. James Boone, M.D.

Dr. Boone has served at La Hacienda Treatment Center since 2004. He graduated with honors in 1984 from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, and did his internal medicine internship and residency at Baylor University Medical Center. He earned his board certification in internal medicine in 1987 and began his career in his family’s private practice in Pasadena, Texas. In 2004, he joined Dan Boone in the full-time practice of addiction medicine in Hunt. A member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, he is board certified in addiction medicine.

He and Ruth have six children. He is an avid fisherman and is active in his church. He has a passion for helping persons with addiction experience the fullness of a drug and alcohol-free life through an active 12 Step recovery.

8:15 - 9:15 AM CDT

April 23rd April 23rd

The Science of Spirituality

Learning objectives:

Understanding of the reward pathways in addiction and the effects of drugs and alcohol on the prefrontal cortical structures. Understanding the neurobiology of healthy decision making, emotional homeostasis, and judgement and the prefrontal cortex. An understanding of the neuroscience behind the benefits of prayer and meditation and spirituality. An appreciation of the core principles in 12 step recovery and their enhancement of neural recovery and wellness.



Brief review on the neurobiology of addiction. Review of the different prefrontal cortical structures as it relates to executive functioning and top down control. Series of studies documenting via functional MRI, infared spectroscopy, and SPECT scanning the benefits of prayer, meditation, and mindfulness. Review of different portions of 12 step recovery and their benefits on prefrontal cortical recovery and wellness