Substance use disorder has received increased public attention due to rising rates of opioid-related overdose deaths and misuse of prescription opioids. While opioid use disorder is an important issue, alcohol use disorder can also be a significant contributor to individuals’ complex health and social needs, due in no small part to alcohol’s legal status, social acceptance, and wide availability. Individuals who accrue the highest medical expenditures are more likely to use or be dependent on alcohol. This type of substance use disorder can impact one’s ability to find and maintain housing and employment, manage chronic conditions, and maintain interpersonal relationships. Alcohol also has far greater secondary harm to others than other addictions.
In this month’s Office Hours session, we welcomed Fred Rotgers, psychologist, Dede de Percin, Executive Director of the Mile High Health Alliance (MHHA), and Marti Schulte, doctor of internal medicine and former Chair of the High Needs Patients Workgroup of MHHA who discussed alcohol use disorder in individuals with complex needs. Fred who described national and international approaches on the issue; Dede provided an overview of the Mile High Health Alliance followed by Marti who presented the High Needs Patients Workgroup of MHHA, described the group’s case study of alcohol use, and potential next steps.
- Dede de Percin, Executive Director, Mile High Health Alliance
- Frederick Rotgers, PsyD, ABPP, independent practice psychologist
- Martina Schulte, MD, former Chair of the High Needs Patients Workgroup of MHHA
Webinar date: December 10, 2019