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Melvin Pohl, MD, FASAM

Medical Director, Las Vegas Recovery Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

presenter photoMel Pohl, MD, FASAM is a Board Certified Family Practitioner. He is the Medical Director of Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC). Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing LVRCs Chronic Pain Recovery Program. He is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), and a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Dr. Pohl is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He is a nationally known public speaker and co-author of Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain (Central Recovery Press, 2009); Pain Recovery for Families: How to Find Balance When Someone Elses Chronic Pain Becomes Your Problem Too (Central Recovery Press, 2010). Dr. Pohl is the author of A Day without Pain (Central Recovery Press, 2008), which won a silver medal from Independent Publisher Book Award in May 2009. His new book writtten with Kathy Ketcham is The Pain Antidote: The Proven Program to Help You Stop Suffering From Chronic Pain, Avoid Addiction to Painkillers - and Reclaim Your Life (DeCapo). Las Vegas Recovery Center- Salary- Medical Director

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Mark A. Weiner, MD, DFASAM

Medical Director, Pain Recovery Solutions, Ypsilanti, Michigan

presenter photoDr. Weiner received his undergraduate degree (B.S. Psychology) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He earned his medical degree at Cornell University Medical College in New York City. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University McGaw Medical Campus in Chicago, Illinois. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Since 2008, Dr. Weiner has worked at Pain Recovery Solutions in Ann Arbor, Michigan practicing full time Addiction Medicine and Pain Medicine. He is the Section Head of Addiction Medicine at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital - Ann Arbor. He has participated in planning the ASAM preconfernece, Common Threads: Pain and Addiction, since 2011 and is the current vice chair. He also is a member of the ASAM Annual Meeting planning committee since 2014 and is an editor on the up-and-coming ASAM Pain and Addiction Handbook.

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Ken Thompson, MD, FASAM

Medical Director, Caron Treatment Centers, Strasburg, Pennsylvania

presenter photoKen Thompson has worked in the field of addiction medicine for over 25 years mostly as a clinician and is currently the Medical Director of Caron Treatment Centers. Ken would most like to be thought of as an Addiction Medicine clinician and educator who believes in the power of spiritual interventions as much as biologic interventions for the treatment of addiction. Most recently, he helped establish an ABAM recognized Fellowship at Caron, a non-university, twelve step oriented residential treatment center, where this philosophy can be taught. He has been involved in the care and follow-up of professionals including physicians and attorneys for much of his career. He was originally certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine in 1990 and had been a Past President of the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and is Board Certified in both Addiction Medicine and Internal Medicine. He had been instrumental in the development and opening of the Florida Recovery Center, the University of Florida College of Medicine's first addiction treatment facility that specialized in the treatment of impaired professionals and has been involved in the training of Fellows in Addiction Medicine since 1998. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in Department of Psychiatry at Pennsylvania State University. He has a special interest in treatment of healthcare professionals, chronic pain and addiction, spirituality, and the therapeutic and diagnostic value of step work.

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Terry Alley, MD, FASAM, DABAM, MRO

Medical Director, Healthcare Professionals Program, Cumberland Heights, Franklin, Tennessee

presenter photoTerry L. Alley MD FAAFP FASAM MRO ABAM Terry Alley was born and raised in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, was educated at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and received his Medical Degree at the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine in Oklahoma City. He is board certified in Family Practice and Certified in Addiction Medicine by ASAM. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and has been a member of ASAM since 1985. He is a fellow of AAFP and a fellow of ASAM. He was in solo practice in family medicine from 1975 to 1985 and has limited his practice to addiction medicine since 1985. He served as Medical Director for Parkside Lodge of Dallas-Fort Worth from 1984-1987, and then was the Medical Director of the chemical dependency units of three Dallas facilities from 1987 until 1999, Garland Community Hospital, The Cedars Hospital and The Haven Hospital. He assumed the position of Medical Director Bradford Health Services in Warrior, Alabama and program Director of the Health Care Professionals program from April 1999 until December 2009. Currently Dr. Alley is serving as Medical Director of the Healthcare Professionals program at Cumberland Heights, Nashville, TN. He has given presentations at the local, state, regional, national and international level and is a certified Medical Review Office. He is married to Michele and they have 6 children

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Twelve Step Programs as a Vehicle to Recovery

4/25/2015

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Room: 406, Fourth Floor

Organizer (Presenting)(s):

Melvin Pohl, MD, FASAM

Medical Director, Las Vegas Recovery Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

Presenter(s):

Mark A. Weiner, MD, DFASAM

Medical Director, Pain Recovery Solutions, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Ken Thompson, MD, FASAM

Medical Director, Caron Treatment Centers, Strasburg, Pennsylvania

Terry Alley, MD, FASAM, DABAM, MRO

Medical Director, Healthcare Professionals Program, Cumberland Heights, Franklin, Tennessee

There is no doubt that 12-step programs have benefited millions of people with the disease of addiction around the world. It is imperative that every addiction specialist be familiar with the basic precepts of this recovery model so that he/she might make appropriate referrals to this mutual support network. There is a growing body of literature that supports the use of the 12 steps for recovery from substance use disorder as well as behavioral addictions. With the new definition of addiction from ASAM including the fact that addiction is a biopsychosocial spiritual disease, it is imperative for clinicians working in the field of addiction to become adept at referral to these programs as well as understanding the basic concepts involved in twelve step recovery. Via a “mock” 12-step meeting, these programs will be demonstrated and the principles that underlie the experience will be explored by the faculty with participants. Ample time will be provided to discuss and respond to questions from the audience.