The Issue of Medically Assisted Treatment.

NCADD-Sacramento has invited Dr. David W. Smith, MD to be the feature speaker at the upcoming Sober Cinco de Mayo Dinner and Awards Ceremony on May 3, 2012 in Sacramento.  He will discuss the complex issues surrounding the evolving use of Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) for addiction.

What is the basis for the controversy in the recovery community?  Why are there strongly held, differing views amongst addiction professionals?  As with anything in life, there are knowledgeable people on both sides of this issue, and many in-between.  While all share the desire to provide programs and services that result in sustained recovery, most recognize that a cookie-cutter approach is not effective.

Many believe that complete abstinence from chemical substances is the only path to recovery.  At the opposite end of the spectrum are those who provide prescribed substances to mitigate suffering during the detoxification process.   Does it have to be one extreme or the other?  Should addiction be addressed on a case by case basis? Do these new options assist in managing the physical, mental and neurological challenges addicts face until they can connect with the successful self-help and spiritual support needed for long term recovery? And, what about the costs involved?

There is credible evidence that medications are proving to be effective for some people- whether for short-term or long-term purposes.  Dr. Smith brings over 30 years of working in the AOD field to lead this discussion. He will conduct an intelligent, open platform, sharing research, case studies and responding to questions and concerns.

NCADD looks forward to exploring these issues at the May 3 Sober Cinco de Mayo event. Please visit us at the NCADD-Sacramento website to learn more about this and our many other activities.

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