Clinical News October
Earlier this month, Ashley Staff members Dr. David Crone, Clinical Psychologist, and Scot Hurley, Major Gifts Officer were on ABC2 news in Baltimore to raise awareness about veterans suffering from PTSD and addiction— and what Ashley is doing to help.
During the live interview, Scot spoke about Ashley’s Lou Bantle Golf Classic, an annual event that raises funds for the Ashley Military Scholarship to support military members and their families in critical need of quality addiction treatment and without the means to get it. Dr. Crone, who previously worked at a military base helping active duty members with PTSD, addressed why it is so common for military members who developed PTSD from active duty are now struggling with addiction.
At Ashley, we see many cases like this among our military and non-military patients. Patients with PTSD used drugs, alcohol and/or other substances to help suppress vivid memories and emotions affiliated with their trauma. The first need is to get the patient sober which allows them an opportunity to do the needed work in confronting and managing the effects of their trauma. Dr. Crone works closely with the patients in treating their addiction and PTSD. “We use empirically supported Cognitive Behavioral Therapies to treat PTSD in order to allow patients to not only heal from the substance use but also their PTSD. Treating both disorders simultaneously is something unique to Ashley Addiction Treatment.”, says Dr. Crone.
“Dr. Hobelmann and Dr. Heydt are excellent additions to the multidisciplinary treatment team and collaborate with the clinical staff in the care of our patients, providing diagnostic assessments, medication management, and brief supportive therapy. Both have a strong commitment to the treatment of those with substance-use disorders and we look forward to working with them.” -Dr. Bernadette Solunias, VP of Treatment Services
J. Gregory Hobelmann, M.D. — Staff Psychiatrist
Dr. Hobelmann recently joined Ashley after completing his psychiatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He evaluates and treats the psychiatric needs of patients in our Pain Recovery Program and Primary Inpatient.
David Heydt, M.D. — Staff Physician
Our newest physician, Dr. Heydt, completed a residency in pathology and a fellowship in surgical pathology before becoming interested in addiction medicine. He previously worked in outpatient addiction treatment before pursuing his desire to work in an inpatient setting.