Understanding and Addressing Substance Use Disorders as Chronic Medical Conditions  

This workshop will address the neurobiological and psychosocial contributors to substance use disorders and general approaches to management.   At the end of this session participants will be able to describe the roles of psychobehavioral and pharmacologic therapies in treatment of substance use disorders as well as the unique and common features of opioid, alcohol, cannabis and tobacco use disorders and their treatment. 

Presented by Seddon Savage, MD, MS; & Mary Brunette, MD

Seddon Savage, MD, MS - Dr. Seddon Savage is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the Geisel School of Medicine at  Dartmouth and a member of the NH Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs. She has more than 30 years clinical practice as a physician in the field of addiction and pain medicine.  She has published, teaches and is a leader in policy and advocacy at the State and National levels on addiction  for more than three decades . She received her Medical Degree from Dartmouth Medical School and is certified in Addiction Medicine through the American Board of Addiction. She also holds a Master of Science degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Mary Brunette, MD - Dr. Brunette is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Dartmouth-Hitchcock. As a board-certified addiction psychiatrist, she has been involved in research, clinical care, and service administration for people with co-occurring addiction and mental illness for 20 years. She has taught students, trainees and community clinicians on topics related to addiction in many venues locally and nationally. Mary received her medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University. She is Board Certified in Addiction Psychiatry from the American Board of Addiction Psychiatry.