Michael Miller, MD, FASAM, FAPA, was recently one of the featured presenters at the 8th Annual Mental Health Substance Abuse Services (MHSAS) Conference. Held in Wisconsin Dells, this year’s conference had nearly 500 attendees – the largest on record – and presented an opportunity for professionals, consumers, families, clinicians, treatment professionals and educators to learn more on substance abuse and promote mental health awareness, treatment and recovery. Dr. Miller, the Medical Director for the Herrington Recovery Center, is a leading authority on addiction medicine and held a breakout session with over 100 people attending the event. His presentation on medication-assisted treatment indicated that clinical interventions can be effective in altering the course of addiction.
“Addiction professionals and persons in recovery know the hope that is found in recovery,” Dr. Miller said. “Recovery is available even to persons who may not at first be able to perceive this hope, especially when the focus is on linking the health consequences to the disease of addiction.” He emphasized that treatment saves lives and that medication management can improve treatment outcomes in some cases.
Dr. Miller said that, in the past, medications were only used to treat psychiatric co-morbidities, not substance use disorders, but that is no longer the case. In cases of intoxication and withdrawal management, medication can be extremely important.
“But remember that ‘detoxification’ is not treatment of addiction,” he added. “Recovery from addiction is best achieved through a combination of self-management, mutual support and professional care provided by trained and certified professionals.”
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