Media alert: Hazelden's chief medical director available to comment on drug treatment for alcoholics

May 02, 2006

What: A new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that the drug naltrexone, when used with specialized behavioral therapy can be an effective treatment for alcohol dependence. The FDA recently approved Vivitrol, an injectable form of naltrexone, and the drug is expected to be available in the United States by the end of June.

Who: Hazelden's chief medical director, Marvin D. Seppala, MD, is available to provide insight on what these recent medical advances mean to individuals dependent on alcohol and other substances and the professionals who treat them. Following is Seppala's topline perspective:As chief medical director, Dr. Seppala oversees medical care throughout all of Hazelden's facilities. His primary responsibilities include promoting addiction medicine practices, leading clinical services and Hazelden's Physicians-in-Residence training program and overseeing special recover programs for addicted health care professionals. Seppala was awarded his MD at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn. in 1984.

He is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Psychiatric Association, past board member of Physicians Serving Physicians and founding member of the Oregon Society of Addiction Medicine.

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