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Clinical Science Brown Bag Series

Tuesday, October 09, 2018,

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  • Location: Wilson Hall • 111 21St Ave S • Nashville, TN 37240
  • Room: 316

Brian Wind, PhD

Chief of Clinical Operations

JourneyPure

"Optimizing Therapeutic Progress in the Treatment of Addiction and Co-Occurring Disorders"


The addiction problem in the United States has reached epidemic proportions, with a record 72,000 overdose deaths occurring in 2017 (CDC, 2018). Many people struggling with substance use disorders also meet diagnostic criteria for mental health disorders (SAMSHA, 2017). In the challenging industry of treatment of addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders, clinicians frequently encounter treatment resistance in their patients (Spickard, 2016). It has been proposed that creating a supportive and nurturing culture in the treatment environment via organizational wellness is helpful with regard optimizing patients’ therapeutic progress (Lencioni, 2012). Additionally, Dialectical Behavior Therapy’s (DBT) protocols for addressing “therapy interfering behavior” (Chapman & Rosenthal, 2016) appear to have great utility in bolstering patients’ traction in treatment. Effective implementation of organizational wellness
initiatives combined with DBT’s evidence-based tools for addressing therapy interfering behavior will optimize patients’ progress in the treatment of addiction and co-occurring disorders, and ultimately produce better outcomes.