About this event

DATE: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014

Registration: 9:15 to 10 am

Program: 10 am to 3:15 pm


The Starr Center Auditorium

Mass. General Hospital

185 Cambridge St., 2nd Floor

Boston, MA 02114


Email: educationprogram@partners.org

Phone: 866-644-7792


This free educational program is made possible by generous support from the Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation.



Program Description

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry invites you to attend the February symposium Updates on the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders.

Drug and alcohol use and dependence are one of the most disconcerting outcomes for adolescents and young adults. Current research suggests that substance use is no longer an acute problem requiring short term treatment but rather a chronic, ongoing disorder. This program will cover topics related to substance use disorders that are of importance to those interested in their prevalence and prevention and those seeking or currently receiving treatment for themselves or loved ones. Participants will be introduced to some very current findings on the prevalence and characteristics of substance use disorders in the Boston metropolitan area as well as findings on the misuse of prescription medications. Furthermore, this program will address new interventions that treat the recent shift in how we view substance use disorders today. Expert faculty will discuss empirically based interventions that have been used successfully in the MGH addiction services, particularly in the younger, often difficult to engage patient population. Finally, participants will learn when and how to use these various treatments including psychotherapies and medication to help treat substance use disorders.

The symposium will also include presentations by members of a patient and family panel who will give a first-hand account of their journey through the recovery process and engage in a dialogue with participants, followed by a question and answer session. We are grateful to these individuals for sharing their stories publicly and contributing their time to help other individuals and families deal with the issues of substance use disorders.

We hope this program helps you and your family better understand the nature, course, and treatment of substance use disorders in the journey toward recovery and wellness

About the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry
The Department of Psychiatry was established in 1934. In the course of seven decades, its scientists and clinicians have made significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of mental health disorders. Today, the department includes more than 600 affiliated psychiatrists and psychologists and has the largest clinical research program in the hospital, which includes research in neuroscience, genetics, and the assessment of new and established treatments for mental health disorders.

The Center for Addiction Medicine (CAM) is one of the major clinical research programs of the Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital. The CAM is located within the Outpatient Psychiatry Division and delivers clinical evaluation, consultation, and study-related clinical care in a multidisciplinary setting. This focus on substance use disorder includes alcohol- and drug-related behaviors, as well as smoking cessation.

The Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS) is an outpatient treatment and recovery support service for families and youth ages 15-25. ARMS provides each client with an initial comprehensive needs assessment, treatment recommendations, and linkage to appropriate levels of care.

The West End Clinic (WEC) of Massachusetts General Hospital is an outpatient facility for those with alcohol and drug addictions, co-occurring mental health disorders and other types of addictive behaviors. We offer a wide range of outpatient therapies and medication treatment along with other resources.

MGH Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI) works with community and hospital partners to make measurable and sustainable improvement on some of the toughest health problems. CCHI promotes policy and system change that will foster measurable and sustainable improvement.

The MGH Psychiatry Academy (MGH-PA) was launched in 2005 to bring high quality continuing medical education to psychiatrists, primary care doctors, psychologists, social workers, and other health professionals around the world through live programming and the Internet. Since 2008 the MGH-PA has had more than 35,000 healthcare providers participate in live symposia and on-line activities. In 2010, the MGH-PA assumed responsibility for patient education programs that were formerly provided by the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Institute (MADI) Resource Center. The MGH-PA is now providing education for individuals, families, non-professional caregivers, and the community about mental health, translating the latest research advances into practical information to help people work with their doctors toward the most accurate diagnosis and the best possible treatment results.


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