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Psychotherapy & Addictions Series: Medication Assisted Therapies in Addicti...

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25 Flanders Road

Belmont, MA 02478

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Medications have helped people achieve control in addictions for over a hundred years. However, for decades, people have been denied access, mainly because of stigma, ignorance and limited resources. An abstinence-only orientation mistakenly confuses morals and recovery, making perfect the enemy of the good and hampering research. This talk will give an overview of medications available for the treatment of addictions, a framework for incorporating them into harm reduction and abstinence-oriented treatments. We will discuss evidence-based and anecdotal treatments for alcohol, cocaine, opiates, gambling, sex, and
other compulsive conditions; as well as other medications that can improve recovery more indirectly through relief of insomnia, anxiety, and impulsivity; and what does not work. The presentation is geared to the therapist so that they might help their clients and client’s families become informed advocates.

Learning Objectives:
i. Critique the abstinence orientation paradigm that can be averse to medication assistance and
gradualistic recovery

ii. Identify myths, stigma, and ignorance in families and clients that impede medication utilization
iii. Identify key medication strategies to augment recovery

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