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Patient Management: Care for Success in the Opioid Epidemic

Date and Time:

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM


Medication assisted treatment is the use of medications and counseling with behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders such as addiction to heroin and prescription pain relievers that contain opiates and prevent opioid overdose. Research has shown that this type of treatment can be successful treating these disorders.  We should care about success rates and if we do, clinical care for opioid addiction can yield success, even in the midst of an opioid epidemic.

This workshop will review how our understanding of the brain and clinical research elucidate strategies for patient management, specifically for patients receiving medication-assisted treatment. These strategies can improve patient engagement, retention, adherence to counseling and medication, support from families/significant others, completion of therapy, and continuity of care. 

Learning Objectives

As a result of participating in the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Use recent learnings from brain science and clinical research models to understand patient behavior both in opioid use disorder illness and recovery and how Medication-Assisted Treatatment (MAT) can mediate the illness.
  2. Anticipate and address key challenges at each stage of the medication assisted treatment rocess, including how to help patients with opioid use disorder choose a treatment plan, how to face and minimize treatment drop-out and discontinuation risks, and how to plan for longitudinal care efforts.
  3. Evaluate patients’ recovery progress in a multidimensional, patient-centered, team process in order to determine treatment plan revisions – including readiness for MAT completion.  


Who should attend?

This training is relevant to a variety of health and human service professionals and paraprofessionals, such as health care professionals (physicians, pharmacists, nurses, emergency medical personnel, etc.), law enforcement, mental health and addiction professionals, behavioral health technicians, recovery support personnel, and community members at risk of experiencing or witnessing an opioid overdose.

Presented by:

David R. Gastfriend, MD 

Dr. Gastfriend is Senior Research Scientist at the Treatment Research Institute (TRI). An addiction psychiatrist, he directed addiction research at Massachusetts General Hospital and was an investigator in the NIDA Cocaine Collaborative Study, the NIAAA COMBINE Study and the NIDA Clinical Trials Network. As Vice President at Alkermes, Inc., Dr. Gastfriend conducted biological, clinical, health economics and policy research on behalf of the company’s efforts in the field of addiction treatment. For 25 years, Dr. Gastfriend served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, notably as the Director of the Addiction Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and founder of the MGH/McLean Hospital Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry. He is considered the world’s leading expert on two important treatment tools from both the biological and psychosocial realms: the opioid blocker Vivitrol, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria Software.

Dr. Gastfriend’s ASAM Criteria research contributed to their endorsement by most U.S. states, the VA and DOD. His 150 scientific publications include The ASAM Criteria and Addiction Treatment Matching. His CONTINUUM – The ASAM Criteria Decision Engine™ and ASAM’s CO-Triage™ are being used across Los Angeles County, the California state prison system, Massachusetts, and elsewhere. Dr. Gastfriend’s newest project is DynamiCare Health™, a technology platform for scaling up Contingency Management treatment and machine learning predictive analytics for routine care. He has consulted to the governments of Belgium, China, Iceland, Israel, Norway, Russia and the U.S. He received his B.A. at Haverford College in Philadelphia, and his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.


Hilton Garden Inn Sea World
6850 Westwood Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 354-1500



5.5 Continuing Education Units/Contact Hours are provided for this event

Florida Certification Board Provider #A-001, Exp. Date 12/31/2017
Florida Board of Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #50-676, Exp. Date 3/31/2019
Florida Board of Nursing Provider #50-676, Exp. Date 10/31/2018


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