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Homewood Health Invited to Participate in the 30th Annual Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine Scientific Conference

By Homewood Health - Oct 30th 2018
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia: October 30, 2018 — In a four-part symposium held at the annual CSAM conference last week, clinicians from Homewood Health Inc. and research scientists from the Homewood Research Institute presented the latest science, outcomes and practices related to the treatment of co-occurring addiction and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). The presentations ranged in topic from PTSD as a predictor of treatment completion, evidence-based practices for treating trauma and addiction to the connection between PTSD and addiction.

As a preeminent scientist in the fields of neurosciences, addiction and psychiatry, Dr. James MacKillop, McMaster University’s Boris Chair in Addiction Research, brings his extensive experience to Homewood Research Institute as a senior collaborating scientist. It is this collaboration that has provided Dr. MacKillop with access to Canada’s largest cohort of patients in treatment for addiction and/or post-traumatic stress at the Homewood Health Centre.

“Addiction and PTSD often occur together, causing debilitating consequences for those affected,” said Dr. MacKillop. “These effects carry forward to treatment outcomes, but we are making progress in developing new treatments for individuals suffering from both disorders.”

Each year, CSAM brings together researchers, educators and clinicians from across Canada and around the world and as with previous years, Homewood Health was a sponsor and presenter, and this year, hosted a private event for all attendees.

CSAM board member of three years and co-medical director at Homewood du Plateau in Montreal, Dr. Ronald Fraser sees immense value in scientists from across the country sharing findings and partnering with other organizations. “I am delighted by the attendance and quality of this year's conference,” stated Dr. Fraser. “CSAM plays a vital role in providing a venue for clinicians and researchers to exchange knowledge and support from organizations such as Homewood Heath allow CSAM to disseminate that knowledge and facilitate learning."

About Homewood Health

Homewood Health is the Canadian leader in mental health and addiction services. With more than 135 years of experience, Homewood achieves outstanding outcomes through its national network of more than 4,500 employees and clinical experts. Homewood’s complete suite of services includes organizational wellness, employee and family assistance programs, assessments, outpatient and inpatient treatment, recovery management, return to work and family support services, all customized to meet the needs of individuals and organizations. Homewood Health is redefining mental health and addiction services to help Canadians live healthier, more productive and more fulfilling lives.

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