Montare Media presents this week’s episode of the Discover U Podcast: Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) versus total abstinence in addiction recovery: exploring their complex relationship.
JD Kalmenson, CEO of Montare Behavioral Health, a growing mental and behavioral health company in Southern California, moderates our esteemed panel: Dr. Timothy Fong, Heather Hayes, and Lowell McGregor. We will be discussing the pros, cons, and nuances of both treatment approaches, as well as how they relate to maintaining long-term sobriety, successfully changing problematic behaviors, and managing mental health.
Dr. Timothy Fong, a Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, is board certified in adult and addiction psychiatry. He is the director of the UCLA Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, a one-year program that provides clinical training in the management of addictive disorders. He is also the co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program which examines the underlying causes and clinical characteristics of gambling disorders to develop effective, evidence-based treatment strategies. Dr. Fong is part of the Steering Committee of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative whose mission is to address the most pressing questions related to the impact of cannabis legalization through rigorous scientific study and discourse across disciplines.
Heather Hayes is the Founder and CEO of Heather R. Hayes & Associates, Inc. She is a Master’s Level, Licensed Counselor, Board Registered Interventionist (CIP) and Certified ARISE Interventionist. Mrs. Hayes received her B.A. from Emory University and her M.Ed. from Antioch University in Counseling Psychology. A veteran of the behavioral health field, she has over 30 years of experience working with the full spectrum of addictive disorders, specializing in the treatment of adolescents/ young adults, trauma, brain disorders, and complex mental health issues.
Lowell MacGregor is the founder and executive director of Taylor Made Retreat, a nonprofit abstinence-based 12-step immersion program located in Portland, Oregon. Lowell has been in recovery from his own alcoholism and addiction (Substance Use Disorder) since December 10, 1989. For the last 31 years, Lowell has worked passionately throughout the Pacific NW 12-step recovery community creating a variety of events, from setting up new meetings to organizing weekend round-ups introducing the 12 steps. During the three-plus decades of Lowell’s recovery, he has been dedicated to expanding the reach of 12 step communities by bringing meetings into prisons, detox facilities, and clinical treatment centers. This ongoing work resulted in the 2018 opening of Taylor Made Retreat.