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Istanbul 2019


Traditional medicine and the changing face of addiction

Emergency Rooms across America are the front line when it comes to alcoholism and addiction. Dr. Gregory Boris, Chairman of Emergency Services at Griffin Hospital in Derby, Connecticut will share his observations on how hospitals like Griffin are managing the opioid epidemic and how integration with detox and residential treatment providers is integral to reducing deaths.

Dr. Boris will shed light on what successful collaboration among providers through the continuum of care looks like. He will touch on the importance of following patients from their entry into the emergency room through detox, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient care.

Dr. Boris will further discuss the importance of early introduction of therapeutic interventions such as breath work, mindfulness, and other spiritual practices when it comes to successful recovery.

The Trauma Heart in working with addictive disorders

Judy Crane will present on the importance of TRAUMA WORK in addressing Addiction Disorders.

Epidemiologic studies show that prevalence of trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is substantial in modern society. Most people will experience a traumatic event at some point in their life, and up to 25% of them will develop the disorder.

Judy, and The Guest House, believe that persistent addictions, chronic relapse and repetitive self-sabotage are often the result of unresolved trauma. Healing occurs when we identify the “root cause” of addiction. She often says, “You have to unravel the trauma story to understand the addiction story and write the recovery story. This is the work they do at The Guest House Ocala and the outcomes and case studies present with overreaching positive results.

The Importance of Aftercare in Addiction Treatment.

What Is Aftercare, and Why Is It Important? What is an aftercare plan? What are reasonable aftercare goals? Aftercare isn’t just not using using drugs and alcohol. It refers to the effort and plan a person impliments to better themselves and their recovery immediately following treatment or the early days of recovery. Sobriety is an ongoing lifetime process and the day in early sobriety are the most tentative ones. Many people say that treatment actually beings the moment the client leaves a treatment center not when they enter it. Seeking treatment for addiction dramatically improves your chances of long-term successful recovery. When someone engages in their aftercare, the chances of succeeding in sobriety dramatically increase. The more support the client has available, the more treatment they get, the better their chances of staying clean and sober. Therefore, aftercare should not be optional but compulsory as part of the discharge process and recovery plan. Most people in early recovery need several months (sometimes years) to change what has become a default mode of coping. In aftercare the newly sober individual has a specific plan of action and a lot of emotional support. Aftercare is important for a number of reasons, the most pressing of which is that many individuals relapse after leaving either outpatient or intensive inpatient rehabilitation programs. How do we make the best of the first days and first critical two years after an individual gets sober will be the topic of this presentation.

Family Therapy in Addiction

Substance abuse is a psychiatric disease which causes certain physical, spiritual or social problems relating with the individual and which has negative effect on the family dynamics of individual. In the treatment, it is required to evaluate the patient and his family with a family centered approach. It is stated that problems such as family conflicts, parents’ not being able to provide convenient inspection, parents’ having history of substance usage and having fragmented family constitute risk formation for substance usages in adolescent and young adulthood periods. While family dynamics constitute an important risk factor for individual’s starting to use substances, they also comprise an important factor for achievement of success in the treatment. In the treatment studies being conducted for individuals with substance abuse, it was observed that family training reduced substance usage and that they reduced occurrence of many problems such as behavioral problems, family problems, school problems, incidents of leaving school, aggressiveness, violence and illegal acts.

The Harm Reduction Strategies

There is no universally accepted definition of harm reduction but several approaches and practices. The presentation will lay out the author’s point of view and Villa Maraini’s position on this issue, based on 43 years of work on drug use, with drug users, for public health and human rights. The presentation will also incorporate views shared by partners organizations and international agencies.

We’ll talk about harm reduction basic principles, goals, programs and services and underline how these policies and practices are informed by a strong body of evidence that shows interventions to be practical, feasible, effective, safe and cost-effective in diverse social, cultural and economic settings and have a positive impact on individual and community health.

Many people throughout the world are unable or unwilling to stop using drug, we’ll see how important is to reach drug users where they are, without judging, avoiding stigma, trying to keep them alive, protecting their health and encourage positive change in their lives.

Recent Findings and Regulation for Addiction Treatment and Aftercare

Requirements relating with the process following acute treatment period of addiction in our country have increased. According to the treatment guidelines, medical outpatient/impatient treatments are being organized within acute period, mainly in relation to deprivation period coming out during the acute period with alcohol/substance intoxication and physical complications. Major accompanying factors such as psychiatric appearances, treatment motivation, treatment detachment potential and environmental variables, determine how the rehabilitation process following acute therapy will be proceeding. Although regulations relating with rehabilitation services have been prepared in our country, number of actively operating rehabilitation centers is limited. Directing the patient towards most appropriate treatment modelity during rehabilitation process, to determine the needs and objectives of each consulting person, to specify targets that can be jointly achieved, and enabling the person to carry out an independent and productive life constitute main objective of rehabilitation process.

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