Keith McAdam

Author: Keith McAdam

Keith McAdam is a behavioral health provider with an integrated, harm reduction based dual-diagnosis program with the Duke Infectious Diseases Clinic and the Wake County Human Services HIV Clinic, through funding from the Ryan White CARE Act and SAMHSA.

Mr. McAdam got his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of New Orleans in 2004 and his Masters in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007 at age 40. Prior to his current position Mr. McAdam worked in the music, construction, security and service industries. In 1994 his life was transformed when he was invited to be a counselor at a summer camp program for children and families infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. After 14 years, that one week in Maine (and his wonderful wife) prepared him to add formal education to complement his unmarketable life skills. Because of his interest in working with the HIV/AIDS population and addiction, he was given an internship with the Infectious Diseases Division at UNC Hospital, which led to an internship in the ID Clinic, which led to his current position at Duke. Which led to a belief that truly, anything can happen.
  • B.S. (Psychology) University of New Orleans; MSW University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work; Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist
  • Behavioral Health Provider, Duke University Health Center
  • Addiction, Mental Health, Integrated Care, HIV/AIDS, Harm Reduction
Is “Dual Diagnosis” Even Necessary Anymore?

Despite earning separate DSM classifications, a debate over the strength of the correlation between substance use and other mental health diagnoses still lingers.

Harm Reduction in Action: Here is Ed’s Story

This may just be one example of harm reduction allowing one alcoholic to improve his quality of life. But he didn’t die. I didn’t “let him” use and watch him spiral…

Addiction Treatment Works – If You Can Afford It

Fifty percent of people seeking treatment don’t get the help they need because they can’t afford it. Are we only responsible for helping those who can pay for it?

Home(less) for the Holidays

We can always fall back on gratitude, one of the cornerstones of recovery. Find something, anything to be grateful for, and squeeze the life out of it. At any other time of year, it’s a great discussion to have.

Pain Management for Recovering Addicts: What Are the Challenges?

The pain of an addict is as real as the pain of a teetotaler, but no one judges the abstinent. It’s time to educate on the effects of stigma rather than just the science of addiction.

Integrated Addiction and HIV Care: Why It’s Important

We need to work harder to get and keep HIV+ patients in treatment to keep their disease under control and prevent widespread effects. Sound familiar?