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Charles W. Morgan, MD, FASAM, FAAFP, DipABAM

Medical Director Emeritus Seabrook House, Inc.; Acting Medical Director NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Seabrook House, Inc.; NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Ontario, New York

presenter photoCharles W. Morgan, MD is Medical Director Emeritus for Seabrook House, Inc. in Seabrook, New Jersey, having previoiusly served as Medical Director. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He has for over three decades specialized in Addiction Medicine, and has expertise in all levels of care including inpatient, outpatient and residential treatment and has served on national, regional and local expert panels, and is versed in the use of medications and non medication approaches to helping patients. Throughout his career he has taught medical and treatment professionals from all over the US and several other countries. Hr currently works with Residents of the Family Medicine Program at the University of Rochester, and has been recognized for his teaching by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr, Morgan is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He did his graduate work in Human Genetics at Cornell University, his residency training in Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology in Rochester, New York and at the University of Pennsylvania, and his Fellowship training in anesthesiology and Addiction Medicine respectively at the University of Pennsylvania and Willingway Hospital in Georgia. While at the University of Rochester, he did work in Evolutionary Biology. Currently Dr. Morgan is also Medical Director of the John L. Norris Addiction Treatment Center in Rochester, New York, and Acting Medical Director of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

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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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Stephanie M. Loebs, RN, BSN

Director of Medical Services, Seabrook House, Bridgeton, New Jersey

presenter photoStephanie Loebs, RN, BSN Director of Medical Services Stephanie began her career in addiction medicine and treatment services in 1993. She began working at the Farley Center in Williamsburg, VA in 1995 and has since held numerous positions including director of nursing, director of admissions, and director of clinical services. In 2005, Stephanie was appointed Executive Director at the Farley Center. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. Today, Stephanie oversees all medical operations for all Seabrook House ™ programs and sites. She has expertise in addiction medicine nursing, quality management, fiscal management, licensing and accreditation, program development, utilization review and marketing

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Kenneth Thompson, MD, FASAM

Corporate 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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Melissa Lee Warner, MD

Medical Director, Black Bear Treatment Center, LLC, Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia

Melissa Lee Warner, MD Medical Director Dr. Melissa Lee Warner is the Medical Director of Black Bear Treatment Center, LLC. A graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School. She completed her Family Practice residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and a fellowship in Addiction Medicine at Willingway Hospital in Statesboro, Georgia; with a concurrent faculty development fellowship in Family Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Warner is known for her widely appreciated lectures on the “The Big Book” and has a special interest in non-intoxicating approaches to pain management for recovering patients, abstinence based, 12-Step approaches to the treatment of food addiction, as well as nicotine sobriety. Passionate about health, wellness and spiritual development, Dr. Warner is a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

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Alternatives to Medication for Treating Traumatic, Physical and Psychospiritual Pain in Recovery

4/24/2015

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Room: Governors Ballroom A-C, Fourth Floor

Organizer (Presenting)(s):

Charles W. Morgan, MD, FASAM, FAAFP, DipABAM

Medical Director Emeritus Seabrook House, Inc.; Acting Medical Director NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Seabrook House, Inc.; NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Ontario, New York

Presenter(s):

Melvin Pohl, MD, FASAM

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

Stephanie M. Loebs, RN, BSN

Director of Medical Services, Seabrook House, Bridgeton, New Jersey

Kenneth Thompson, MD, FASAM

Corporate Medical Director, Caron Treatment Centers, Strasburg, Pennsylvania

Melissa Lee Warner, MD

Medical Director, Black Bear Treatment Center, LLC, Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia

With the recent, ever increasing and disturbing number of overdoses from opioids, benzodiazepines and other drugs, as well as the fact that one in ten deaths in the USA is related to alcohol use, national and state regulatory agencies, primary care physicians, and experts have become increasingly interested in effective interventions that do not always entail the use of medications. Seasoned experts will present methods of helping patients with problems, maladies, and situations that can sometimes commonly occur early or that may surface later in recovery, including acute and chronic physical pain, psychic and spiritual pain, and the pain of previous trauma. The positive adaptive nature of some uncomfortable emotions will be explored, and the effectiveness of the 12-step model in helping patients with these co-occurring problems will also be delineated. The workshop will provide both didactic and practical experience for the attendees, and it will provide a basis for participants to help their patients address emotional barriers that prohibit them from dealing effectively with compulsions. The presenters of this workshop are actually using in their practices, have published, lectured and demonstrated on, the alternative methods that will be discussed.