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Addictions – Harvard Medical School

May 6, 2016 - May 7, 2016


It is estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from an addiction to alcohol or drugs and approximately 20% of all Americans smoke cigarettes. The consequences of addiction are numerous; it results in myriad health problems, harms and disrupts families and other relationships, and can leave individuals isolated, depressed and even suicidal. Addictions can lead to vulnerability to comorbid disorders and comorbid disorders can sometimes lead to addictions, making treatment of either condition particularly complex. Individuals with an addiction often deny the extent of the problem and resist treatment altogether. Despite all of these difficulties, countless Americans confront and overcome their addictions every year, often with the help of healthcare professionals and formal treatment programs.

McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric hospital of Harvard Medical School, is pleased to offer this annual conference bringing together some of the foremost authorities in the addiction field. Topics will include new, evidence-based treatments, the nuances of treating comorbid disorders along with addiction, and special populations. Smaller, breakout sessions each afternoon will allow for in-depth exploration of topic areas in an interactive and stimulating format that should enhance learning and skill-building.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this conference, participants will be better able to:

  • Summarize the associations between addiction and suicide.
  • Address spirituality with patients as part of treatment.
  • Implement advances in motivational interviewing when working with people suffering from substance use disorders.
  • Prescribe appropriate medications for treating alcohol and opioid use disorders.
  • Customize treatment plans for women and LGBT* patients.
  • Outline issues related to substance use disorders in adolescents and deliver appropriate treatment.
  • Define appropriate treatments of pain in the context of substance use disorders.
  • Outline issues related to medical marijuana, marijuana use disorder, and implement appropriate treatment when indicated.
  • Work with patients on the issue of whether to cut down or abstain from substance use.
  • Recognize and treat co-morbid substance use, anxiety and benzodiazepine use.
  • Determine when to refer patients to 12-step programs with severe mental illness and substance use disorders.

Target Audience

This course is targeted to physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, licensed mental health counselors, addiction counselors, and any health care professional who interacts with or treats patients suffering from addictions.


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