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PreConference Presenter
Curtis Dorsey, MEd, CCS, ICGC-II

Medication Assisted Treatment and Recovery: 50 Years Later

The story of Medication Treatment Assistance has long been tied to stigmas associated with drug addiction. In years past many people viewed addiction as a criminal behavior due to weak self-control or a personality disorder.  today 1.3 million people around the world are on Medication Maintenance Therapy.  There's stigma throughout our nation where abstinence-based therapies continue to dominate primarily for ideological reasons. However, the majority of the scientists disagree with this notion.  It's changing times as we learn more and more about the biology of the brain.  Even though the use of medication assisted treatment still faces hurdles , we continue to take it one step at a time. 

Curtis Dorsey, MEd, CCS, CADC-II, ICGC-II, A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and post-graduate of Lesley University Cambridge (MA). A Master’s prepared counseling educator, with over 20 years of experience specializing in addiction counseling with clinical and instructional experience related to both chemical and behavioral addictions. Currently working for the Grady Health System in Atlanta, GA. Curtis provides clinical supervision for those seeking initial and recertification for addiction and gambling counseling as a board approved clinical consultant for the National Council for Problem Gambling.

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