Opioids: Use, Addiction, and Treatment

Friday, March 22, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

The Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro, Vermont 
6 CE Contact Hours

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Kurt White, LICSW, LADC, CGP

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Course Description: 

Opioids have been an abused drug since their discovery, and their use and misuse continues to tragically shred the fabric of family and community life. This workshop will explore the history of opioids, emphasizing the current crisis. Opioid pharmacology, medication assisted-therapies, medical use of opioids, the prevalence of co-occurring disorders and trauma, safe-injection sites, and the use of other substances will be discussed. Mr. White will explore strategies for counseling individuals, couples, and families, while also discussing innovative, yet sometimes controversial treatments, such as the Vermont “Hub and Spoke” system.

Learning Objectives - at the end of this conference, participants will be able to: 

  1. List three medications used to treat opioid addiction in the USA and describe how they work.
  2. Contrast the disease model of addiction with prior understandings of compulsive use of substances.
  3. Compare the current opioid epidemic in the USA with past drug problems in the 20th century, noting key similarities and differences.
  4. Describe two possible “pros” and two likely “cons” of “safe injection sites”.
  5. Explain the importance of the counseling relationship as a central aspect of effective opioid treatment.

Kurt White, LICSW, LADC, CGP, works as the Senior Director of Ambulatory Services at the Brattleboro Retreat. He teaches at Smith College School for Social Work, and is a fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. His interests include trauma, dissociation, addiction and co-occurring disorders, and group psychotherapy.

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Friday, March 22, 2019
The Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro, Vermont

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Coffee and Registration
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Scope of the problem:  Why we should worry?
    Statistics, troubling findings; who uses opioids?
10:00 AM -10:15 AM
Break and Refreshments 
10:15 AM - 11:30  AM
          What is an opiate? 
          The poppy plant and its long history 
          What is an opioid? 
          The synthetic medications and the mainstreaming of a problem.  
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Opioids and other drugs together: a deadly combination 
Medications - and medication delivery mechanisms - to treat opioid addiction, withdrawal, and overdose
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Lunch in the Retreat cafeteria and included with your registration)
1:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Psychotherapy for opioid addiction
Non-traditional treatments: peer support, housing first, stigma-busting, injection sites 
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Participant questions and answers