Medication-Assisted Treatment and Recovery

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Fri, 09/27/2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am | 2 CEUs
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Speaker: 
Dr. James E. Thompson
The Pavilion At Williamsburg Place
5483 Mooretown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23188

OVERVIEW

This lecture will review the pharmacology of Naltrexone and Buprenorphine and the evidence supporting their use in treating opioid and alcohol use disorder.  It will examine the objections and concerns that have slowed the acceptance of Medication-Assisted Treatment and Recovery (MAT) among traditional treatment programs and in the 12-step recovery community, and also discuss the possibility and potential power of integrating MAT with the traditional, 12-step-based process of recovery that makes spiritual awakening its ultimate, lifelong goal.

OBJECTIVES

Participants will be able to:

  • Review the pharmacology of Naltrexone and Buprenorphine and the evidence supporting their use in treating opioid and alcohol use disorder.
  • Examine the objections and concerns that have slowed the acceptance of MAT among traditional treatment programs and in the 12-step recovery community.
  • Discuss the possibility and potential power of integrating MAT with the traditional, 12-step-based process of recovery that makes spiritual awakening it’s ultimate, lifelong goal.

About the Speaker

James E. Thompson received his M.D. from VCU School of Medicine in 2004 and completed his post-graduate training at MCV Hospitals. He joined the American Society for Addiction Medicine in 2007 while still a resident in internal medicine. He has been practicing in the field of addiction since completing his training at MCV in 2009 and has since distinguished himself in a remarkable range of treatment settings as a compassionate, innovative leader in the movement to make treatment more effective and accessible. He was awarded diplomate status by the American Board of Addiction Medicine in 2013 and was recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) the following year. He is actively involved in the national and Virginia branches of ASAM as well as the Medical Society of Virginia and the American College of Physicians.

In the years prior to launching VCAM he worked as the interim medical director and staff physician at Rubicon, Inc., medical director at Williamsville Wellness, staff physician and associate medical director at the Farley Center at Williamsburg Place and spent many years running a groundbreaking, outpatient addiction clinic associated with a prominent Recovery Community Organization. During that time, Dr. Thompson was instrumental in making naloxone (Narcan) widely available in Virginia without prescription, played a major role in the film “Heroin, the Hardest Hit” and has served on the boards of multiple non-profit treatment/recovery organizations. Dr. Thompson was awarded ‘Top Doc’ in Addiction Medicine by Richmond Magazine in 2017 and now for a second time in 2018. He currently serves as an advisor to public and private organizations concerning our current addiction crisis and has recently addressed the American Academy of Family Practitioners, Virginia Society for Healthcare Risk Management, the Virginia Society for Addiction Medicine, and the Medical Society of Virginia.