An Introduction and Overview of Alcohol Use Disorders & At-risk Drinking

Ronald Fraser

Overview

As part of the Fundamentals Course, this session will provide an overview of alcohol use disorders, including epidemiology, screening, assessment, management and treatment.
An Introduction and Overview of Alcohol Use Disorders & At-Risk Drinking – Ronald Fraser PDF
An Introduction and Overview of Alcohol Use Disorders & At-Risk Drinking – Ronald Fraser YouTube Video

Identification & Management of Benzodiazepine and Z-Drug Abuse

Mandy Manak

Overview

Benzodiazepine use in primary care can be useful, but this usage can transform into harmful use. This session provides a practical framework of why benzodiazepines can be harmful, recognize when it occurs, and what to do when faced with it.
Identification & Management of Benzodiazepines and Z-Drug Abuse – Mandy Manak PDF
Identification & Management of Benzodiazepines and Z-Drug Abuse – Mandy Manak YouTube Video

Cannabis Dependence

Cameron Barr

Overview

This talk will review the fundamentals of cannabis dependence. Topics include etiology, prevalence, co-morbidities, and treatment options.
Cannabis Dependence – Cameron Barr PDF
Cannabis Dependence – Cameron Barr YouTube Video

Cocaine Basics

David Marsh

Overview

As part of the Fundamentals Course, this session will provide an overview of cocaine use disorders, including pharmacology, identification, assessment, management and treatment.
Cocaine Basics – David Marsh PDF
Cocaine Basics – David Marsh YouTube Video

Implementation & Evaluation of a Concurrent Disorders Program

Jennifer Brasch & Holly Raymond

Overview

Patients with co-occurring addictions and mental illness are often unable to achieve recovery in standard addiction services. St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton determined that patients with concurrent disorders (CD) comprised 50% of their acute inpatient population and had high rates of repeat admissions and emergency room visits. A Concurrent Disorders Service was developed to address the care needs of this high- morbidity group. Developed in stages, the initial phase began with converting one of Hamilton’s 4 acute inpatient psychiatry units to serve patients with concurrent disorders. The unit is still for patients requiring an acute psychiatric admission, but now provides comprehensive assessments for addictions, as well as individual and group counselling using a harm reduction framework. Next, we created a Concurrent Disorders Outpatient Clinic with one team providing both psychiatric care and addictions counselling. A service review found that 13 patients admitted to the CD inpatient unit who then received CD outpatient care averaged 3.46 ER visits each in the year before admission and 0.38 visits in the year after. We are now developing the Capacity Building Team, which works with mental health outpatient clinics and inpatient units to improve the staff’s knowledge and skills in assessing and treating addictions in their patients. The presentation will focus on the development of the Service, implementation, outcome measures, successes, and challenges, as well as plans for the future.
Intro to Concurrent Disorders – Jennifer Brasch & Holly Raymond PDF
Intro to Concurrent Disorders – Jennifer Brasch & Holly Raymond YouTube Video

Prescription Opioid Addiction

Meldon Kahan

Overview

None provided
Prescription Opioid Addiction – Meldon Kahan PDF

Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral (SBIR)

Peter R. Butt

Overview

Objectives:
Review the genesis of Canada’s SBIR initiative
Explore the process of SBIR for various risk categories
Critique the approach and discuss practice implementation
Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral – Peter R. Butt PDF