The BIG Hospital SBIRT Initiative

A Learning Collaborative to Expand SBIRT into Hospitals and Other Medical Settings

The Ins & Outs of Medication-Assisted Treatment & Recovery for Alcohol Dependence

Produced in partnership with NAADACNational SBIRT ATTCNORC, and The BIG Initiative  

 
Description: Over the past decade, the treatment of substance use disorders has entered into a new phase in which medications can play a vital role in helping someone recover. This webinar discusses how new advancements in pharmacotherapy can help support and augment traditional evidence-based treatment practices for alcohol dependence. The presenter discusses the current myths, opinions and biases and the environment of addiction treatment. In addition, she outlines the psychopharmacology of alcohol dependence and provide a detailed comparison of the four FDA-approved pharmacotherapies for alcohol dependence. The goal of this webinar is to bring together addiction and other helping professionals from many backgrounds to learn about medication-assisted treatment and recovery in a way that challenges ideas and perceptions and to present unbiased information that can be used to assess the best possible treatment options for clients. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Debunk commonly held myths and beliefs about medication management for alcohol dependence;
  • Understand how alcohol dependence develops in the brain; and
  • Describe the differences among the four FDA-approved pharmacotherapies for alcohol dependence.

Presenter: Misti Storie, MS, NCC, MAC, is a psychotherapist and consultant in Decatur, Georgia, with a specialization in addiction and trauma. Ms. Storie is also a Technical Consultant with The BIG SBIRT Initiative, which is dedicated to changing the way medical, behavioral health, addiction, and employee assistance professionals assess and intervene for risky substance use by adopting evidence-based screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) practices. Together, they have trained thousands of professionals on the SBIRT protocol. 


Prior to her private clinical work, Ms. Storie worked for ten years at NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals, which is the national organization that represents, educates, and certifies addiction-focused counselors and professionals. She served as the Director of Training at NAADAC where she developed educational programs on evidence-based counseling skills, cutting-edge research, and standards of practice for addiction counselors. She frequently provides face-to-face training to addiction and mental health counselors across the country and has written numerous articles, book chapters, national curriculums, and training manuals, including the Basics of Addiction Counseling: Desk Reference and Study Guide, Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies in Crisis Intervention, and Casebook on Counseling Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons and Their Families.