Addiction is one of the most exciting areas in medicine because of its border position. It is on the border of psychiatry and medicine. It is on the border of psychoanalysis and neuroscience.
Fellows on this elective will work with complexly ill patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings, providing both consultation and direct patient care. You will get a firm grounding in 12 Step Recovery Programs and attend Alcoholics Anonymous during your training experience where you will be immersed in the recovery culture.
Neuropsychoanalysis is the focus of Addiction Psychiatry Service. The staff of the service has special training in brain mechanisms of addiction, and how this knowledge can be combined with other state of the art modalities of psychotherapy to aid patients to enter a process of recovery.
The Fellowship takes place at three sites. Two days per week at Upstate, including ½ day of the Multidisciplinary Pain Service. Two days per week at Crouse Chemical Dependency. Work includes methadone maintenance, inpatient rehab, outpatient buprenorphine maintenance. One half day at Central New York Services performing buprenorphine maintenance with Zsuzsa Meszaros M.D., Ph.D. The Neuropsychoanalytic Addiction Medicine Service at Upstate is unique in the world.
At its core addiction is an attachment disorder. Instead of being able to enter normal adult development, teenagers start to address emotional difficulties by squashing feelings with drugs. The core of the treatment involves psychotherapy.
“Pain” is a complex affect. Opioids regulate human relationships as well mediating brain responses to peripheral signals. The epidemic of opioid prescribing must be addressed by diagnosing pain drivers, recognizing the importance of brain-mediated pain/opioid induced hyperalgesia, and addressing emotional issues that are camouflaged by opioid maintenance.
We use neuroscience innovation to guide treatment. New technology drives the ability to deliver better care at cheaper prices. We can detox anyone outpatient in a few hours. No “beds” needed. We start helping the patient to build a recovery environment immediately by requiring all patients to ask for help from a non-addicted support person and constantly referring to 12 step recovery. No “rehab” needed.
Relapse involves three driving forces:
Four neuropsychoanalytic papers authored by our Program Director can be found here:
Through teaching, experience and supervision, fellows learn the fundamental principles of addiction psychiatry.
You would become a master of the field by participating in the following activities:
To apply, please include the following:
Send to:Kristina Poletto, Program CoordinatorAddiction Psychiatry Fellowship ProgramDepartment of PsychiatrySUNY Upstate Medical University750 East Adams StSyracuse, NY 13210