The Clinical and Public Health Utility of Mutual Aid Organizations in Addressing Addiction: What Does the Science Tell Us?

April 23, 2019

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Presenter(s): John F. Kelly, PhD, ABPP; Elizabeth R. Spallin Associate Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Webinar description: Twelve-step based treatments and related community mutual-aid organizations, such as AA and NA, to which patients are referred, have come under scrutiny and criticism in the press and popular media in recent years being branded as “outdated” and “not evidence-based”.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 misrepresentations of existing research. This webinar 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.

Educational objectives:

  • Describe the state of the 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 care cost savings that can be derived from prescribing and facilitating mutual-aid participation in treatment settings.
  • List three major mechanisms through which mutual-aid organizations confer therapeutic benefit.

Accreditation:
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation:
American Psychiatric Association (APA) designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 (one) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Details

Date:
April 23
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Event Category:

Other

Presenter
John F. Kelly, PhD, ABPP; Elizabeth R. Spallin Associate Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Time Zone
ET