Does Treatment Work?

Does Treatment Work?

(presentation date March 15, 2016)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Recent publications purport to define research-supported definitive truths about the root causes of addiction and efficacy of treatment modalities; however, conclusions are conflicting and have been subject to divergent interpretations. The widely discussed article titled “The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous” by Gabrielle Glaser in the April 2015 “Atlantic,” and the J Addict Dis. (2009) article by Lee Ann Kaskutas, Dr.P.H. titled “Alcoholics Anonymous Effectiveness: Faith Meets Science” provide examples of the debate. Dr. Christensen will review the recent criticisms of treatment for addiction including Twelve Step, residential, and medication assisted therapy, the scientific studies that do and do not support their use and other controversial issues.

GOAL

The goal of this presentation is to review the recent criticisms of treatment for addiction and the scientific studies that do and do not support various treatment modalities.

OBJECTIVES

After completing this program, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the recent criticisms of Twelve step, residential, and medication assisted therapy.
  • Discuss the scientific studies that do and do not support each of the above.
  • Discuss the difficulties surrounding addiction treatment research, including anonymity, randomization, and defining “recovery.”

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Carl Christensen, MD, Ph.D., FASOG, FASAM, ABAM.

CarlThis course was developed and is presented by Carl Christensen, MD, Ph.D., FASOG, FASAM, ABAM. Dr. Christensen is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and has a private medical practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He obtained his MD and PhD in Biochemistry at Wayne State University School of Medicine and did his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hutzel Hospital. He then completed a Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at Duke University Medical Center. He was Associate Residency Director of the OB Gyn Residency until 2012. He is certified in Addiction Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is the past president of the Michigan Society of Addiction Medicine and the current Medical Director of the Michigan Health Professional Recovery Program, which monitors impaired nurses, pharmacists and doctors. He is the current Medical Director of the James Wardell Women’s Recovery Center, an outpatient program dedicated to caring for pregnant, chemically dependent women, as well as the Medical Director at the Tolan Medical Research Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry at WSU. He is also the Medical Director for Dawn Farm. Dr. Christensen also specializes in the treatment of chronic pain, especially pelvic pain. He has received numerous teaching awards. He has been named one of the “Top Docs” in Addiction Medicine in Hour Magazine since 2006.

Number of CE hours offered

1.5 CEH, approved by MCBAP and NAADAC (specific.) A passing grade of 80% on the final exam is required for CE hours to be awarded.

Course Content