The Ruth Fox Course for Physicians, dedicated to the memory of Founding President of ASAM, Ruth Fox, MD, began in 1980. Now in its 32nd year, the course offers new directions and concepts in clinical practice and updates in selected areas of research and practical application.
This year’s Ruth Fox Course will focus on trauma and addiction. Presentations will review the many different forms of trauma—adolescent, sexual, PTSD, TBI, as well as psychiatric comorbidities. In addition, the Course will explore neuropsychiatric imaging as it relates to addiction, TBI and other disorders. A presentation on trauma and addiction in the military will reveal some of the most recent findings on this timely topic.
After a decade of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, active-duty personnel, veterans and their families continue to face high levels of stress. Some have experienced long and multiple deployments, combat exposure, and physical injuries as well as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). A 2008 Department of Defense Health Behavior Survey reported increases in prescription drug abuse and heavy alcohol use. This dramatic increase has increased the burden on an already taxed treatment system. Click here for a listing of other military sessions.
R. Jeffrey Goldsmith, MD, FASAM, will present the latest research regarding trauma and addictions in the military, describing the criteria for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and pointing out the common co-occurring disorders. He also will highlight the complexities involved in recognizing both addictions and PTSD, and explore the evidence-based treatments recommended for both of them. Finally, the need for collaboration with multiple healthcare professionals to provide comprehensive treatment and optimal outcomes will be examined.
After 13 years in private practice, in 1994 R. Goldsmith joined the VA Hospital Consultation Service and Dual Diagnosis Clinic. He developed an ACGME accredited fellowship and ran the Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine Fellowships at the VA Hospital, from 1995 until 2007, continuing to teach in the Fellowship at present. He currently treats Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD patients in residential and outpatient status in the VA Posttraumatic Stress Clinic in Cincinnati VAMC. He is certified to treat PTSD using Prolonged Exposure Therapy by the Veterans Administration and National PTSD Center.
Dr. Goldsmith joined ASAM in 1984, and has served on a number of ASAM committees, the ASAM board of directors, and is now President Elect for ASAM. Dr Goldsmith is a Fellow of ASAM and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Don’t miss this insightful session by Dr. Goldsmith and the other hot topics included in the Ruth Fox Course for Physicians, 8:00 am – 5:30 pm, April 27, 2013—a preconference course of Med-Sci ’13. Click here for more details and to register.