Abstinence Based Treatment vs. Medication Assisted Treatment Training

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Mental Health Greensboro, 2nd Floor Board Room #1
301 East Washington St
Greensboro, NC 27401

Event Details

The practice of abstinence is often a key component of substance abuse treatment. It is seen as the cornerstone of conditional 12 Step programs of recovery. Experts continue to debate whether abstinence is helpful or even possible for everyone and to compare abstinence with gradual reductions of controlled substances for the overall goal of recovery. People too often think of harm reduction as the opposite of abstinence (i.e., not using any substances at all). In practice, however, harm reduction and abstinence actually have a core goal in common. They both aim to help people reduce the harms they experience because of their substance use. Medical opinion has long been divided on the issue of abstinence vs medication-assisted treatment, the latter seems to be gaining respect as an evidence-based approach. The training will provide an understanding of addiction as a treatable disease, contrast and compare medical-assisted treatment and abstinence-based recovery, and provide a model for counseling and support of both treatment approaches.


Charles Lawing, MA, CRC, LPC
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Visitors can park in the Dorothy Bardolph Building parking lot, located off Hughes St. behind the Dorothy Bardolph Building. 


Bookings are closed for this event.