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E1: The Psychology of Addiction & Stigma

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E1: The Psychology of Addiction & Stigma

Opioids are a highly addictive substance central to the lives of many Americans, and in turn, can quickly escalate the emotional stakes of doctor-patient interactions. The way that caregivers navigate these sometimes-volatile encounters can make a huge difference in the road to a given patient’s recovery. MetroHeath’s Dr. Bob Smith explains his deeply humanistic and empathy-based approach in his practice, aiming to guide his patients into seeing the personal wins inherent in recovery.

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Dr. Smith is a clinical psychologist and certified addiction specialist. He currently serves as the Director of the Medical Staff Assistance Programs for the MetroHealth System in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry with Case Western Reserve, School of Medicine and Directs MetroHealth’s TeamSTEPPS Regional Training Center for the American Hospital Association.

In the past, Dr. Smith served as Director of Chemical Dependency Treatment with the Department of Psychiatry at MetroHealth Medical Center for ten years. Upon leaving MetroHealth, he worked in private practice and as a consultant with a number of treatment programs for chemically dependent / mentally ill adults and adolescents. Dr. Smith served as a Consultant for the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County.

In addition, Dr. Smith served as the principle investigator on two demonstration projects with SAMHSA regarding innovative treatment approaches for chemically dependent and mentally ill men and women.

Dr. Smith provides corporate educational programs regarding substance abuse and mental illness and has established drug-free workplace programs, implemented employee assistance programs and served as a forensic psychologist in state and federal criminal cases.

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