The U.S. is facing an unprecedented epidemic of opioid use and related deaths. According to the NIH, There were 106,699 drug-involved overdose deaths reported in the U.S. in 2021. This 60-minute presentation will focus on best practices when assessing, treating and responding to opioid use. This will include a review of risks, signs and diagnosis of opioid use disorders. As well as how to effectively treat opioid use disorders using a multi-disciplinary approach. Additionally, CDC best practices and considerations for prescribing opioids for pain will be reviewed. There will be a primary focus on evidence based medications and treatments for opioid use disorder. Participants will also be trained on overdose response and prevention, including administration of naloxone.
Identify DSM-5 symptom criteria of opioid use disorder;
Describe at least two treatment considerations and referral options when working with individuals using or prescribed opioids; and
List at least three clinical practice guidelines when working with individuals prescribed opioids for pain
Aimee Chiligiris, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health concerns. Dr. Chiligiris serves on the faculty as an Instructor in Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry) and sees patients at our Columbus Circle location. Dr. Chiligiris completes diagnostic assessments, engages in individual therapy, and facilitates substance abuse groups.
Dr. Aimee Chiligiris completed her doctorate at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She completed her internship and post-doctoral residency at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, specializing in the treatment of adolescents and young adults with co-occurring concerns. She has treated patients struggling with mood disorders, anxiety, characterological concerns, substance use disorders, disordered eating behaviors, and trauma related concerns. Her special interests include the assessment and treatment of co-occurring disorders in early adulthood. She also has interest in working with patients to build motivation, connection and skills in recovery, working with family members influenced by addiction, and assessment and treatment planning for complex co-occurring presentations.
Elizabeth Evans, MD graduated from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed both her psychiatry residency training and a fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at Columbia University. Her research during training focused on ways to enhance treatment outcomes in those with opioid use disorders. Dr. Evans specializes in working with patients suffering with disorders such as depression and anxiety, who have also found that drugs and alcohol are impacting their ability to feel fulfilled, be productive, or thrive in healthy relationships. She uses psychotherapy and/or medications, including Vivitrol and Suboxone, and facilitates family and couples therapy when appropriate. Dr. Evans also provides consultations for diagnostic evaluation and treatment planning.
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