Opioid and Stimulant Use & Personality Disorders

Sponsor: New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association

Presentation: Personality Disorders are often regarded as difficult to treat. Adding to this, a client’s use of substances complicates both diagnosis and treatment and interferes with long term recovery. Opioid use is frequently paired with other substances of abuse and is often co-occurring with stimulants. High potency man-made Opiates are newsworthy, but we still have stimulant abuse such as Cocaine, PCP and Amphetamines to deal with. This training is designed to address clients with Personality Disorders that are using Opioids and/or Stimulants.  The course content is intended to advance your understanding of diagnosing and treatment, and what specific problems and issues arise from multiple diagnoses and miss-diagnosis. Examples of diagnostic tools will be covered, as well as aftercare issues and ideas for improving outcomes. Participants will:

  • Learn how to identify and differentiate several overlapping diagnoses in general, and specific to opioid and stimulant using individuals.
  • Gain an understanding of how Multiple Diagnoses complicates Recovery.
  • Review aftercare exercises and techniques that improve outcomes and reduce relapse.
  • Review the medications that are available including M.A.T. and the hazards of THC use with Mental Health diagnoses.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:Joseph has 34 years of experience working with mental health and addiction issues. He specializes in helping people with Anxiety issues, Recovery from Addictions, and Eating Disorders. He was the Director of Outpatient Programs in Bridgeport for Connecticut Renaissance for five years, and was the Director of the Renfrew Center of Southern Connecticut for five years specializing in treating clients with Eating Disorders. He is presently the Clinical Director for the ASIST program at Family Reentry. He is a faculty member of the New England Institute of Addiction Studies for 18 years teaching multiple courses including Neurobiology of Addiction, Psybersick, Eating Disorders, Advanced Ethics, Early Recovery Issues and the history of addiction treatment. With extensive clinical and administrative skills and in his work as a professional educator he has unique qualifications to assist both clinicians and clients. He is also in private practice in Fairfield County, CT.   

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Event Details

December 16, 2022
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
130 Pembroke Road, Suite 150
Concord, NH 03301
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