Addiction Medicine Committee

CSMS strives to support the appropriate role of the physician in the care of patients with addiction, promote addiction medicine as a specialty and to improve the care and treatment of people with the disease of addiction.

Addiction Defined

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. (From the American Society of Addiction Medicine)

Treatment for Addiction Works!  Find an Addiction Medicine Specialist near you: Connecticut Chapter of American Society of Addiction Medicine

Committee Activities

Pain Management in Methadone Maintenance: CSMS, CT Chapter of ASAM and DMHAS are collaborating on a 2014 learning event regarding Methadone and the controversies in the primary care setting.

Committee Chair

Mark Kraus, MD

Committee Members

Jonathan Craig Allen, MD

Michael Carius, MD

Vincent Codispoti, MD

Douglas W. Gibson, MD

Robert Green, MD

Brian Keyes, MD Vice Chair

Dean Mariano, DO

Vincent McClain, MD

Gregory Shangold, MD

Samuel M. Silverman, MD

(not more than 12 members)

CSMS Staff Liaison

Catherine Wagner, EdD

Updated October 2017

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