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January Educational Meeting: Assessing Substance Use & Addiction Treatment

Join us! Our January educational meeting has two parts:

Assessing substance use: an introduction to the American Society of Addictions Medicine assessment process

This presentation will introduce faith community nurses, pastoral leaders, and health ministers to the American Society of Addiction Medicine assessment criteria. Mr. Taghon will walk participants through the assessment using a standardized template and will explain how the assessment can be used to determine the Level of Care.

Presenter: Dave Taghon CRM, CADCI, Addictions Specialist, Linn County Alcohol and Drug Treatment

Addiction treatment: An overview

This presentation will be a general discussion of the history, epidemiology, physiology, and treatment options for treatment of substance use disorders, with a focus on shame and stigma as barriers to successful treatment. Dr. Simmons will also cover evidence-based practices to dismantle stigmatization, particularly the SAMHSA-supported trauma-informed approach to operations and treatment. He will review the evidence supporting medication for addiction treatment, in particular methadone and buprenorphine for opioid use disorder, and their cognates in the use of medications for the treatment of Type II diabetes. We’ll conclude with (hopefully) a participatory discussion of the role of faith and spirituality in professional and peer-based addiction treatment.

Presenter: David Simmons, MD, MMus, FASAM, Medical Director, Samaritan Treatment & Recovery Services (STARS)

Register for this event here or you can contact Tawni at

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