President, Medical Director, H.U.M. Health Upwardly Mobile Inc., Calgary, Alberta, CanadaDr. Hajela received his MD from Dalhousie University (1982) and MPH from Harvard School of Public Health (1988). He served in the Canadian Forces (1979-1995) and was the Director of the Addiction Rehabilitation Centre at Canadian Forces Base Kingson before entering civilian practice full-time. His interest in Addiction Medicine goes back to his teen years. He has been a leader locally, nationally and internationally in medical organizations such as Ontario Medical Association, Canadian Medical Association, College of Family Physicians of Canada, Alberta Medical Association, Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine, American Society of Addiction Medicine and the International Society of Addiction Medicine. He is certified by all these societies of Addiction Medicine, is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and is Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Dr. Hajela has been instrumental in developing the holistic bio-psycho-social-spieitual model application to defining Addiction, from behaviour to the brain disease. He is the current Chair of the ASAM Descriptive and Diagnostic Terminology Action Group (DDTAG) that has established the definition of Addiction and related terminology. He is the President and Medical Director of Health Upwardly Mobile Inc. (www.healthupwardlymobile.net) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He has extensive teaching experience with medical students and residents, together with giving public lectures on Addiction, Mental Health, Chronic Pain and Occupational Health. Dr. Hajela has been a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation since 1986 and completed advanced training in Maharishi Ayurveda in 1994. His primary interest in spirituality is based more on physics and consciousness. He tavels extensively to further his knowledge and expertise in cross-cultural issues, religion and politics. He enjoys playing golf, hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. He thoroughly enjoys being a father and grandfather.
President, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Woonsocket, Rhode IslandStuart Gitlow, MD, MPH, MBA Stuart Gitlow, MD, is Executive Director of the Annenberg Physician Training Program in Addictive Disease at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY, which he started in 2005 to ensure medical student access to training that stimulates them to develop and maintain interest in working with patients with addiction. He serves as the Immediate Past President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and as ASAM’s Delegate to the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates. Dr. Gitlow is the Chair of the AMA Council on Science and Public Health. Dr. Gitlow is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a Courtesy Associate Professor at the University of Florida. His educational training took place at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and at Harvard Medical School. He formerly produced Health Channel and ABC programming for America Online.
Dr. Howard Wetsman, CMO, Townsend, New Orleans, LouisianaHoward C. Wetsman, M.D., is the Chief Medical Officer and a founder of Townsend Addiction Treatment Centers. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the treatment of addiction within Townsend’s several outpatient clinics and inpatient treatment facility. Dr Wetsman is board certified in Psychiatry and ABAM certified in Addiction Medicine. He is a clinical assistant professor at Louisiana State University Medical School, a member of the Louisiana Board of Examiners in Dietetics and Nutrition and a member of the Louisiana Governor’s Drug Policy Board. He is a member of numerous professional societies including the ASAM and the AMA. He is a Distinguished Fellow of ASAM and was recently elected to the Board as regional director of Region VII. He is the author of two books, Questions and Answers on Addiction, and, Healing Stories. Dr. Wetsman maintains a frequent blog at addictiondoctor.org that covers a wide range of issues related to the disease of addiction and is active on twitter @addictiondocMD.
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Room: Governors Ballroom B, Fourth Floor
President, Medical Director, H.U.M. Health Upwardly Mobile Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada
President, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Dr. Howard Wetsman, CMO, Townsend, New Orleans, Louisiana
The ASAM Definition of Addiction has established the recognition and evaluation of patients along biological, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions to appreciate the full breadth of the disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry that leads an individual to pathologically pursue reward and/or relief with the use of substances and other behaviors. As much as specific substances and behaviors have their own complications, the basic disease process needs to be recognized to appreciate that substances are not the disease nor are they necessarily the cause of the disease. Substances and behaviors are aggravating factors that perpetuate and complicate the disease, which requires ongoing treatment in a chronic disease framework for long term recovery, while addressing all aspects of an individual’s life in context of their family and community. This workshop will review the development of the definition; the components of a comprehensive assessment and treatment process that takes into account concepts and definitions related to abstinence, recovery, sobriety etc.; and present a practical perspective on holistic recovery that may or may not include the use of medications. Concepts of abstinence-based recovery and medication assisted recovery (MAR) will be reviewed to encourage comprehensive treatment and promote recovery along biological, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions.