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Does Addiction Treatment Work? Dawn Farm Education Series

March 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Recent publications claim to define research-supported definitive truths about the root causes of addiction and efficacy of treatment modalities; however conclusions are conflicting and have been subject to divergent interpretations. Feel confused? Dr. Christensen will review the recent criticisms of treatment for addiction including Twelve Step, residential, and medication assisted therapy, the scientific studies that do and do not support their use and other controversial issues.

The presentation will include a short demonstration of naloxone resuscitation. Naloxone is a medication used to revive a person who has overdosed on opioid drugs until emergency care is available. When given to someone who has overdosed on prescription opioids or heroin, Naloxone can save the person’s life.  You can read about naloxone here.

Related reading suggestions:

Link to a list of useful articles personally curated by Dr. Christensen

Alcoholics Anonymous Effectiveness: Faith Meets Science by Lee Ann Kaskutas. J Addict Dis. 2009 ; 28(2): 145–157.    

The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous by Gabrielle Glaser. The Atlantic, April 2015.

Prevalence and pathways of recovery from drug and alcohol problems in the United States population: Implications for practice, research, and policy.” John F. Kelly, Brandon Bergman, Bettina B. Hoeppner, Corrie Vilsaint, William L. White. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 181 (2017) 162–169.   

Handouts: Presentation Slides, February 2018

About the presenter:

Carl Christensen, MD, PhD, D-FASAM

Dr. Christensen is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and has a private medical practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He obtained his MD and PhD in Biochemistry at Wayne State University School of Medicine and did his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hutzel Hospital. He then completed a Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at Duke University Medical Center.  He was Associate Residency Director of the OB Gyn Residency until 2012. He is certified in Addiction Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.  He is the past president of the Michigan Society of Addiction Medicine and the current Medical Director of the Michigan Health Professional Recovery Program, which monitors impaired nurses, pharmacists and doctors. He is the current Medical Director of the James Wardell Women’s Recovery Center, an outpatient program dedicated to caring for pregnant, chemically dependent women, as well as the Medical Director at the Tolan Medical Research Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry at WSU. He is also the Medical Director for Dawn Farm. Dr. Christensen also specializes in the treatment of chronic pain, especially pelvic pain. He has received numerous teaching awards.  He has been named one of the “Top Docs” in Addiction Medicine in Hour Magazine since 2006.


March 19
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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