2018 Meeting: Acceptance is the Key

Thursday, February 22 – 23, 2018

01:00 pm – 12:00pm

A pre-conference women’s retreat – The Challenge of Self Care

Friday, February 23, 2018

01:30 pm

Welcome – Mel P., Moderator

01:45 pm

Methadone / Buprenorphine and Cognitive Function – Karen Miotto, MD

Karen Miotto is Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. She is Director of the UCLA Addiction Medicine Service and Director of the Behavioral Wellness Center. She is Chair of UCLA’s Medical Staff Wellbeing Committee. She is Chair of the Board of California Public Protection & Physician Health.

02:30 pm

Medication Assisted Treatment and 12 Step Programs: The Gold Standard – David Smith, MD

David Smith is Consulting Physician, North Bay Recovery Center, San Rafael, since 2014; Chair, Addiction Medicine & MQAC, Muir Wood Adolescent and Family Services, Petaluma, since 2013; Chief, Addiction Medicine, Alta Mira Recovery Programs, Sausalito, since 2011; Medical Director, Center Point, Inc., San Rafael, since 1993.

03:15 pm


03:45 pm


04:00 pm

Advancements in Medical Education on Addiction / Finding Happiness in Recovery – Joe S.

05:00 pm

Free time before dinner

06:00 pm

Dinner – Michael O’M.

08:00 pm

Evening breakout meetings

Saturday, February 24, 2018

06:30 am

Continental breakfast opens

07:00 am

Morning AA Meeting in the Glass House

08:00 am

The “Mandate” for MAT in British Colombia and How This Impacts Providers and Patients – Jenny Melamed, MD

Jennifer Melamed has an addiction medicine practice in British Columbia, fully devoted to addictions and pain management, with a special interest in Opioid Assisted Treatment and process addictions. She was a consulting physician at both the Cordova and Vancouver Detox Centres in Vancouver.

08:00 am

Concurrent Session in the Glass House: Al-Anon meeting (open topic)

08:50 am

Getting a Diagnosis of Cancer in Recovery – Ryan P.

09:50 am


10:10 am

Smoking and Recovery – Ray Kramer, MD

Ray Kramer is Family Physician in the Riverside University Health System and the Care Clinics – Hemet, Indio, and Banning Care Clinics, County of Riverside, California

11:00 am

The Path To Forgiveness – Jeannie C.

12:00 pm

Free time from noon to 6:30 pm (lunch on your own)

12:10 pm – 12:30 pm

Optional Session: California’s Physician Health and Wellness Program (PHWP) and Efforts to Update the Uniform Standards that the PHWP Will Follow

06:30 pm

Dinner – Beyond All Human Aid – Mark W.

08:30 pm

Evening breakout meetings

Sunday, February 25, 2018

07:00 am

Continental breakfast opens

07:30 am

Morning AA Meeting in the Glass House

07:30 am

Concurrent Session in Valley Room: Introduction to Survivors of Incest Anonymous and Trauma Survivors Anonymous

08:30 am

Relationships, Relapse, and Acceptance: Not My Usual Professional Presentation – Shafali J.

09:30 am

Correlation of Child Abuse and Addiction – Clare Matney, MD and Glenn Matney, MD

Clare Matney is a pediatrician with a subspecialty in Child Abuse Pediatrics. She was Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Division of Forensic Pediatrics

Glenn Matney is pediatrician in practice in Victorville, California and President of Route 66 Recovery Partners, a Medical Corporation. He is Medical Director of First Step Recovery Center.

10:30 am

Family Sculpture – “Wonder Boy Meets Sweet Sick Thang” – Greg S. and Ann S.

11:40 am

Closing Remarks

12:00 pm


12:15 pm

First Planning Meeting for 2019

Planners for the 4th Annual Meeting

Ray Glendrange, MD
Mel Pohl, MD
Bobbi Specht
Tracy Zemansky, PhD

Thank you for the financial support

Western Doctors in Recovery gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Center for Professional Recovery, Santa Monica and Beach House Treatment Centers, Malibu.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) through the joint providership of the California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) and Western Doctors in Recovery. CSAM is accredited by the IMQ/CMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CSAM designates this live training for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


“And acceptance is the answer to all my
problems today.

When I am disturbed,

It is because I find some person, place, thing,
situation –

Some fact of my life – unacceptable to me,

And I can find no serenity until I accept

That person, place, thing, or situation

As being exactly the way it is supposed to be
at this moment.

Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in
God’s world by mistake.

Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could
not stay sober;

Unless I accept life completely on life’s terms,

I cannot be happy.

I need to concentrate not so much

On what needs to be changed in the world

As on what needs to be changed in me and in
my attitudes.”

— Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition p. 417
Copyright 1976 A.A.W.S. Inc.