In The Doctor’s Office: Recovery Friend or Foe?

In The Doctor’s Office: Recovery Friend or Foe?

(Presentation date May 31, 2016)

Course Description

Addiction is widely recognized as a chronic illness best treated with long-term monitoring and support. Primary health care settings are natural places for this care to be provided, and studies have demonstrated improved outcomes when people in recovery receive regular health care delivered by recovery-proficient providers. However, health care providers are often poorly equipped to meet the needs of this population and iatrogenic relapse is not uncommon. It’s been said that the doctor’s office is a dangerous place for people in recovery from addiction. It’s also been said that recovering people are terrible patients. This CE program discusses whether these statements are fair, and why healthcare providers are essential allies for long term recovery. The program provides a basic overview of the neurobiological of addiction and its implications for health care consumers and providers, lists specific concerns related to medications, describes ways in which people in recovery from alcohol/other drug addiction can take responsibility for their health and discusses how health care providers can assist with sustaining recovery.


The goals of this presentation are to:

  1. Provide an overview of the potential dangers people in recovery from substance use disorders may encounter in health care settings and the benefits of receiving regular health care by providers who are proficient in caring for people with substance use disorders.
  2. Introduce participants to ways in which health care providers and people in recovery from substance use disorders can cooperate to maximize benefits and minimize risks.


After completing this program participants will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Identify health care-related situations that may pose a relapse risk to people in recovery from substance use disorders.
  2. Discuss ways that people in recovery from substance use disorders benefit from receiving regular primary health care from providers who understand addiction and recovery.
  3. Describe how the neurobiology of addiction may cause a health care-related situation to trigger relapse.
  4. Describe actions that enhance long-term recovery potential by promoting cooperation between health care providers and recovering people.

About the Presenters

This course was developed and is presented by Mark Weiner, MD; and Matthew Statman, LLMSW, CADC.

weiner_bgDr. Weiner received his BS in psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his medical degree at Cornell University Medical College in New York City. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Northwestern University/McGaw Medical Campus in Chicago, Illinois. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Weiner has worked at Pain Recovery Solutions in Ann Arbor, Michigan since 2008, practicing full time addiction medicine and pain medicine. He is on staff at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor where he is an inpatient consultant for addiction medicine and pain medicine issues. Dr. Weiner has been a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine since 2003 and has been active in the Michigan chapter (MISAM).

Matt_small_1Matthew Statman worked with Dawn Farm from 2004 through 2012. His initial role with Dawn Farm was as a House Manager and Resident Aid, followed by several years working as a Detox Counselor and Team Leader. He later worked as an outpatient therapist and an administrator and therapist in Dawn Farm’s Correctional Programs, and as a residential therapist at the Dawn Farm Downtown residential treatment program. Matt was the Education Series coordinator from 2007 through 2012. He is currently the Manager of the Collegiate Recovery Program at the University of Michigan. He graduated from Eastern University in 2009 with his BSW and received his MSW from the University of Michigan in 2010.