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The Rising Tide of Stimulants
Our panel of presenters will discuss the current trends surrounding stimulant/psychostimulant use. We’ll address related risk factors and warning signs, focusing on populations that are particularly at risk.
We will explore the trajectory of initiation via prescribed stimulants (such as Adderall, Dexedrine, Concerta) and their misuse, as well as the use of illicit stimulants, including cocaine, crack cocaine, crystal meth and some club drugs.
We will also discuss treatment options and support for families.

This program is funded by the Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission.

Sep 28, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

J. Gregory Hobelmann, M.D., M.P.H.
Joint CEO @Ashley Addiction Treatment
Dr. Greg Hobelmann serves as the Co-CEO/President of Ashley Addiction Treatment together with Alex Denstman. He previously worked as a staff psychiatrist and until recently as the senior vice president and chief clinical and medical officer here at Ashley. As Co-CEO/Presidents, Greg and Alex share responsibilities, with Greg overseeing Medical Services and Nursing, all of Ashley’s inpatient and outpatient programs, extended care programs, Stabilization Unit, Spiritual and Weekend Counseling, Family Services, as well as Dietary, Quality Improvement, Health Information Management, and Patient Support and Transportation. Greg holds a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and completed a psychiatry and anesthesiology residency as well as a pain medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins. Prior to his arrival at Ashley, Greg worked as an interventional pain specialist. His special treatment interests include substance use disorders and chronic pain.
Tom McDermitt, B.A., AAC
Person in Recovery & Regional Resource Director @Caron Treatment Centers
Tom McDermitt is a person in long term recovery. He entered treatment in August of 1995 a broken, scared gay man addicted to crystal meth. He had been struggling with alcohol and drugs but when he discovered meth he knew there was nothing else he wanted to do. Meth gave him a freedom where he did not care what anyone thought of him and also fueled a sex addiction that went in conjunction with the meth use. What started off as all night dancing in the gay clubs of DC, ended with him shooting meth on a daily basis. His world fell apart quickly and after years of using he ended up alone in a dark apartment shooting meth by candlelight. After reaching out for help his family helped him get into treatment. The first year was a daily struggle but there was also a willingness to give sobriety a try for one year with the guidance of a sponsor. At about three months sober, Tom attended an HIV Retreat in the mountains of Pennsylvania, which ended up being a life altering experience.