Peter Fifield, EdD, MLADC, LCMHC,
Substance Use Disorder
& Integrated Health Program Manager
This session is designed to introduce the basic concepts relative to understanding substance use disorders. We will discuss the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s (ASAM)’s levels of care, the criteria included in substance use disorder diagnosis, and lastly, the concepts of stigma, harm reduction and connection; how all three of these matter in maximizing interactions with people who use drugs.
Daniel R. Seichepine, PhD,
Associate Professor of Neuropsychology,
University of New Hampshire
For the past 6 years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has declared the opioid crises a public health emergency. In 2021, approximately 107,000 Americans lost their lives due to drug overdoses, with most of these deaths being caused by opioids (~80,000). This represents a 51% increase since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This presentation will discuss how opioids, such as heroin, fentanyl, and prescription medications, work on the brain. We will begin with a review of current trends in the ongoing opioid epidemic, which will then be followed by a review of basic neuroanatomy with a focus on brain structures affected by opioids. Finally, we will discuss how opioids are absorbed by the body, used by neurons, and are eliminated by the body.
Krystal L. Chase, LICSW, CBIS,
Director of Programs and Services,
Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire
This session was created to give an increased understanding of how brain injury, substance use disorder, and overdoses are interrelated with examples of best practice treatment and counseling, including the use of harm reduction strategies. Attendees will learn brain injury basics and how this can impact the effectiveness of SUD treatment, as well as compensatory strategies for individuals receiving treatment to have more favorable outcomes. Viewers will learn about initiatives at the Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire including work through various grants to meet the needs of this growing population.
Downloadable PDF Slides from Substance Use Disorder Presentation Videos
Faculty: Carolyn Lemsky, Ph.D., Clinical Director, Community Head Injury Resource Services of Toronto
Faculty: John D. Corrigan, PhD, Professor, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, The Ohio State University
Research has shown that nearly 50% of people receiving treatment for substance misuse have a history of at least one brain injury (biausa.org).
Long term use of opioids and other substances, such as alcohol, can also cause impairment in cognitive functions.
By learning about the connection between brain injury and substance use disorder, you can better informed when providing care to this population.
Staff at the Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire offer custom trainings, tailored to the staff and population at your specific organization.
By learning how to screen for brain injury within your practice, you can individualize your approach to be more effective in engaging your consumers for more positive outcomes.
The Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire has provided trainings in the following settings:
Among many others!
If you or your organization are looking for a training, please use the form below to send a request. We are happy to offer a virtual or hybrid option. We are also willing to travel in-state to meet with you or your teams in person.