Using Medication Assisted Treatment with Veterans for Opioid, Alcohol, and Tobacco Use Disorders



Using Medication Assisted Treatment with Veterans for Opioid, Alcohol, and Tobacco Use Disorders


Andrew J. Saxon, M.D.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Director, Addiction Psychiatry Residency Program
University of Washington
Director, Center of Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education (CESATE)
VA Puget Sound Health Care System

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The presentation will cover the epidemiology of substance use among active duty military and veterans and will address the common co-occurring disorders (e.g. posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury) that may complicate medication assisted treatment for veterans.  Additionally, the session will present data on veterans receiving opioid maintenance therapy (methadone or buprenorphine) for opioid use disorder, address the treatment gap, and discuss some of the outcomes seen.  Dr. Saxon will review medication assisted treatments for alcohol use and tobacco use disorders and discuss how useful these treatments can be when delivered in conjunction with behavioral interventions.