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CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY EXPERT TO SPEAK AT ALLEGHENY GENERAL HOSPITAL

 CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY EXPERT TO SPEAK AT ALLEGHENY GENERAL HOSPITAL
 Charles L. Whitfield, M.D., nationally known authority on the treatment of addictions, will conduct a one-day seminar at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), introducing a new model for understanding and treating the victims of chemical dependency.
 The seminar will be held in AGH's George J. Magovern, M.D., Conference Center today (Oct. 16) from 8 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.
 Whitfield is the founder of Whitfield Associates, a Baltimore-based psychiatric counseling center, and has written several publications, including his latest best-selling book, "Co-Dependence: Healing the Human Condition."
 Whitfield's pioneering approach to treating chemical dependency encompasses the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of the disease. In addition to treating addicts themselves, his program also focuses on individuals who have chemically dependent loved ones. According to his ideology, such individuals often develop a co-dependency, or a disease of lost individuality. In other words, they are so consumed by the problems of the addict that they neglect their own needs. It is only when they are able to understand the overall impact of chemical dependency in this context that they too can begin the healing process.
 According to Mark G. Fuller, M.D., director of Allegheny General Hospital's Addictions Program, although the idea of co-dependency has been examined for many years, Whitfield's research has pioneered a more analytical approach to the multi-dimensional consequences of chemical dependency. Whitfield's various publications and presentations have received such an enthusiastic response, Fuller says, because his ideas offer an alternative means of dealing with what has become a serious and wide-spread human problem.
 Members of the media are welcome to attend the workshop. For more information or to arrange an interview with Whitfield or Fuller, please contact Allegheny General Hospital's Media Relations Department at 412-359-8600.
 CONTACT: Dan Laurent of Allegheny General Hospital, 412-359-8602.
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