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Drugs For Treating Addiction
the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

In the late 1940s, when Danish researchers discovered the adverse effects of disulfiram when combined with alcohol consumption, doctors began looking more closely at pharmacology as a treatment option for addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Today's pharmacological treatment is leaps and bounds beyond aversion therapy, with a variety of drugs that help prevent substance use, reduce cravings and provide physiological assistance allowing some addicts to maintain recovery. And that's the good that has come from recent decades of research and drug development.

Like any medication classification, these drugs have advantages and disadvantages, indications and contraindications. None is a cure-all for every addiction — especially, for individuals with concurrent psychiatric disorders, which is the case in a ignificant portion of individuals who seek treatment. That, can sometimes be the bad when a dual diagnosis is overlooked or underestimated.

As with any drug, these medications can be used inappropriately, misused by individuals for whom they were not prescribed and sometimes diverted for street sale to be used in ways they were not intended. That's the ugly side of medication-assisted recovery.
CenterPointe Hospital
CenterPointe Hospital is a 150-bed, private, physician-owned, psychiatric hospital serving the behavioral health needs of children, adolescents, adults and senior adults in Missouri and southern/central Illinois. Inpatient and outpatient treatment services are available at the St. Charles facility, and outpatient services are provided at locations throughout the Midwest.

The Addiction Treatment Center provides private residential addiction treatment programs for adults with partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and medication-assisted recovery outpatient programs.

S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES at CenterPointe offers the area's only adult residential self-injury treatment program.
Azfar Malik, MD, MBA,DFAPA
Dr. Malik is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology with secondary certification in both addictive and geriatric psychiatry. He is chief executive officer of CenterPointe Hospital; board chairman of his private practice group, Psych Care Consultants; assistant clinical professor, department of psychiatry at Saint Louis University Health Science Center, and principal investigator and president of Psych Care Consultants Research.
David Ohlms, MD, FASAM, DLFAPA
Dr. Ohlms is medical director of the Addiction Treatment Center at CenterPointe Hospital. He has been a practicing physician in the fields of general psychiatry and addiction disease for more than 40 years and is one of the world's most respected authorities on addiction. Ohlms is an international consultant and lecturer with more than 200 works on addiction and more than 25 educational ideos.
      Azfar Malik, MD

8:00am - 8:15am
Current Use and Misuse of Drugs Used to Treat Addiction
      David Ohlms, MD

8:15am - 9:45am
BREAK 9:45am - 10:00am
When Addictive Disorders Occur with Mental Illness
      Azfar Malik, MD

10:00am - 11:30am
"Best Practices" Panel Discussion
      Treatment Professionals

11:30am - noon
Who’s Using — and Misusing — the Drugs that Treat Addiction
An overview of the ways in which treatment professionals are effectively, ineffectively and inappropriately prescribing medications to treat addiction. Seminar participants will review the safe and rational use of medication for substance use rehabilitation including the:
  • current FDA-approved medications available for substance use treatment;
  • positives and negatives of medication-assisted treatment and recovery;
  • therapeutic problems with these medications

When Addictive Disorders Occur with Mental Illness
An overview of the ways treatment professionals can identify, diagnose and treat patients with addictive disorders and comorbid mental illness. Seminar participants will review the overlapping symptoms in a dual diagnosis, and how to determine the appropriate medical and therapeutic treatment protocols when both addiction and mental illness treatment are indicated including:
  • the incidence and prevalence of concurrent substance abuse disorder and psychiatric disorders;
  • the importance of early medical intervention and treatment of both illnesses;
  • how and when addiction treatment and psychiatric medications can be used together and when they are contraindicated;
  • the mechanism of brain function and new medical management on the horizon.
A "Best Practices" Panel Discussion — Life in the Trenches
An overview of the real-life clinical and therapeutic experiences of substance use treatment professionals who provide medication-assisted treatment. Addiction specialists, including psychiatrists, nurses and counselors, will provide:
  • the perspective of treatment professionals, other than physicians, with regard to using medications to treat addiction;
  • the perspective of treatment professionals regarding medication-assisted recovery;
  • additional information from questions and answers from seminar attendees.

Drugs for Treating Addiction: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly has been approved for continuing education credit for physicians, psychologists and nurses. It has been submitted for approval for employee assistance professionals and substance abuse professionals. Licensed counselors, social workers and professionals in other disciplines will receive participation certificates to submit for continuing education credit in their respective disciplines.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Saint Louis University School of Medicine and CenterPointe. Saint Louis University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Saint Louis University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Saint Louis University School of Medicine has reviewed this activity’s disclosures and resolved all identified conflicts of interest, if applicable.

Saint Louis University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Saint Louis University maintains the responsibility for this program and its content. This program is approved for 3.5 APA credits.

Saint Louis University School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Midwest MSD Provider Approval # 118 - II
Nursing Contact Hours: 3.5

This seminar has been submitted for approval for professional development hours through the Employee Assistance Certification Commission. Upon approval, CEAP participants may earn 3.5 PDHs for attendance.

This activity has been submitted for approval by the Missouri Substance Abuse Professionals Credentialing Board (MSAPCB) to award CEUs for substance abuse professionals. Upon approval, participants may earn 3.5 CEUs for attendance.
Registration is required, as seating is limited. The general seminar registration fee is $30. An additional fee for continuing education credits may apply. To register on-line, complete the form below (all major credit cards accepted).

Participants will receive registration confirmation by email, so please provide an email address when registering. Attendees applying for continuing education credit must indicate the type of CE credit desired. For more information, call 636-477-2157 or email

Refund requests must be made by Nov 19, 2015. Refunds for online registration payment are made in full, less a $5 processing fee.

St. Charles Convention Center
1 Convention Center Plaza
St Charles, MO 63303

Hotel reservations may be made at Embassy Suites St. Louis – St. Charles/Hotel & Spa, Two Convention Center Plaza (adjacent to the Convention Center), St. Charles, MO 63303.

Call 636-946-5544 for reservations, or more information. A continental breakfast is included.
Please select the appropriate box below. Position verification will be completed upon submission.
Physician - $55.00
3.5 AMA Credits
Includes $30 Registration Fee +
$25 Continuing Education Fee
Psychologist - $45.00
3.5 APA Credits
Includes $30 Registration Fee +
$15 Continuing Education Fee
Nurse - $55.00
3.5 Contact Hours
Includes $30 Registration Fee +
$25 Continuing Education Fee
CEAP - $30.00
3.5 PDH's
No Additional Charge
Social Worker - $30.00
3.5 CEU's
Participation Certificate Provided

No Additional Charge
Counselor - $30.00
3.5 CEU's
Participation Certificate Provided

No Additional Charge
Substance Abuse
Professional - $30.00
3.5 CEU's
No Additional Charge
General Admission - $30.00
No Credits Included
Participation Certificate Provided
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