Addiction 60/60: All of Addiction Medicine in 60 Slides and 60 Minutes (1.5 CME)
Addiction specialists these days do much more than treat patients. Educating people about addiction and helping them understand the disease from a medical perspective is a ubiquitous request. From giving a Grand Rounds presentation to seasoned attending physicians to training hospital staff through in-service programs to responding to the media, we are often called on to talk about addiction and its treatments. In this workshop, we will attempt to refine a one-hour PowerPoint lecture that covers the essentials of Addiction Medicine in 2017. We will strictly use 60 slides with no more than 60 words per slide to deliver the lecture. The first part, the Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine will cover (1) the Neurobiology of Addiction; (2) Alcohol; (3) Sedatives; (4) Opioids; (5) Stimulants; (6) Nicotine; (7) Cannabis; (8) Dissociatives, Hallucinogens, and Steroids; and (9) the Behavioral Addictions. The second part, Assessments and Treatments will address (1) the Epidemiology of Addiction; (2) Public Policy; (3) Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), ASAM Patient Placement Criteria (PPC), and other Assessment Tools; (4) Toxicology Examinations; (5) 12-Step Programs; (6) Cognitive Behavior Therapy; (7) Motivational Interviewing; (8) Medical Co-Morbidities; and (9) Psychiatric Co-Morbidities. Finally, the third part, Special Populations and Topics will look into (1) Pain and Addiction; (2) Maternal/Child Issues; (3) Adolescents; (4) the Elderly; (5) Impaired Professionals; and (6) the Future of Addiction Medicine. This 24-part review of our field can also serve as a basic template for the development of full-day or multiple-day courses in Addiction Medicine. During the second hour of the workshop, the presenters will invite participants to critique the presentation; change, add, or delete topics and slides; and discuss the usefulness of such an admittedly ambitious undertaking. This is the second time that we will try this approach-- the first time we attempted the 60/60 was at the 2013 ASAM Med-Sci Conference in Chicago. We have refined the presentation since then, based on feedback we have received from students, trainees, and fellow addiction specialists.
MD, MA, DFASAM
Dr. Levounis is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University where he studied chemistry and biophysics before receiving his medical education at Stanford University School of Medicine and the Medical College of Pennsylvania. During medical school, he received an MA degree in sociology from Stanford before moving to New York City where he trained in psychiatry at Columbia University. He graduated from Columbia receiving the National Institute of Mental Health Outstanding Resident Award and went on to complete his fellowship in addiction psychiatry at New York University. From 2002 to 2013, he served as director of the Addiction Institute of New York.
Dr. Levounis has written numerous articles and monographs; has lectured extensively on addiction topics throughout the United States and abroad; and has been interviewed by all major television networks. Dr. Levounis serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and from 2005 to 2009 chaired the national Committee on Addiction Treatment of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Levounis is a Betty Ford Scholar, a recipient of a U.S. State Department Speaker and Specialist Award, a distinguished fellow of the APA and ASAM, and an honorary member of the World Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Levounis has published thirteen books including the self-help paperback “Sober Siblings: How to Help Your Alcoholic Brother or Sister—and Not Lose Yourself,” the textbook of “Substance Dependence and Co-Occurring Psychiatric Disorders,” “The Behavioral Addictions,” “Motivational Interviewing for Clinical Practice,” “Becoming Mindful,” and the “Office-Based Buprenorphine Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder,” now in its second edition. His books have been translated into German, Hungarian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Dr. Levounis is married to actor Lukas Hassel and lives in New York City.