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Training to Identify and Treat Addictions

Despite the prevalence of addiction and its significant impact on health, many health care workers are not trained in spotting, treating or anticipating addiction in their patients. Albany Medical College has been working for the past 10 years to change that.

The College will present the 10th Annual Addiction Medicine Weekend Nov. 1-2 under the guidance of Stanley D. Glick, PhD, MD, director of the Center  for Neuropharmacology and Neuroscience and a world-renowned expert on researching new drugs to treat addiction.

“Over the years we’ve educated 500-700 physicians and other caregivers regarding addiction medicine, which has not been tended to as much as it should have been in the Capital Region,” Dr. Glick said. “Most didn’t know what to do if confronted with a patient suffering from an addictive disorder. We try to take the mystique out of it, explaining that this is a chronic and neglected disease.”

In addition to Dr. Glick, the conference is organized by Isabelle Maisonneuve, PhD, of Albany Medical College and led by Steven Kipnis, MD, medical director of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).

The program focuses on treating patients who are addicted not just to alcohol and drugs, but who also suffer from “behavioral addictions” such as gambling, Dr. Glick said.

Other topics covered this year will include HIV and the addicted patient, bariatric surgery and addiction, tobacco use, sex addiction and legal issues related to addiction.
Lecturers scheduled to present include: Abdul Brula, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry, Albany Medical College; Deborah Egel, RN, CARN, Esq., nurse attorney, NYS OASAS; Petros Levounis, MD, chair, Department of Psychiatry, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School; Jennifer McNeely, MD, assistant professor, NYU School of Medicine; and Charles Morgan, MD, medical director, John L. Norris Addiction Treatment Center, Rochester, NY.

For more information, go to www.amc.edu/Academic/CME/documents/2013_AddictMedbrochure.pdf, or contact Dr. Glick at 518-262-5303 or glicks@mail.amc.edu.