Twelve-step based treatments and related community mutual-aid organizations, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), to which patients are referred, have come under scrutiny and criticism in the press and populat media in recent years being branded as "outdated" and "not evidence based". Polemical debates have raged, fueled by confusion about the state of the science on these treatment and recovery support approaches or misrepresentation of existing research. This activity will present results from comprehensive, gold-standard, reviews of the scientific clinical literature, investigate the health care cost savings obtainable by implementing mutual-aid facilitation approaches in clinical settings, and discuss the implications for clinical practice, addiction treatment and public health broadly.
Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 5U79TI026556-03 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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- Describe the state of evidence on the efficacy of mutual-aid for enhancing clinical outcomes for opioid and other substance use disorders
- Detail the magnitude of the potential health cost savings that can be dervied from prescribing and facilitating mutual-aid participation in treatment settings
- List three major mechanisms through which mutual-aid organizations confer therapeutic benefit
Physicians who have a waiver to treat opioid use disorder in an office-based setting and other interested clinicians.
Estimated Time to Complete
Estimated Duration: 1 hour
Begin Date: April 23, 2019
End Date: April 23, 2022
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Faculty and Planner Disclosures
- John F. Kelly, PhD, Elizabeth R. Spallin Associate Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine, Harvard Medical School. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- John A. Renner, Jr., M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine; Director, Addiction Psychiatry Residency Training, Boston University Medical Center and VA Boston Healthcare System. Disclosure: Stockholder: Johnson & Johnson and General Electric.
- Eunice Maize, Program Manager, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no finanical relationships with commercial interests.
- Rachel Trusty, Program Manager, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no finanical relationships with commercial interests.
- Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., Division Director, Department of Education, American Psychiatric Association, Reports no finanical relationships with commercial interests.
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