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Aaron Weiner, PhD Biography

Director of Addiction Services at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“Aaron Weiner, director of addiction services for Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, based in the western suburbs, said the ‘deeply flawed’ medical marijuana program lets users take whatever amount and concentration of cannabis they wish, with comically named strains like Bruce Banner that seem aimed more at kids than middle-aged patients.

He cited a recent study in the American Journal of Psychiatry that found that long-term marijuana use increased the chance of developing an opioid use disorder. Instead, Linden Oaks uses tools like other medication-assisted therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, physical therapy and even combinations of Tylenol and Advil, which he said have shown effectiveness in helping people taper off opioids.”

Robert McCoppin, “Illinois Doctors Campaign for Medical Marijuana as Alternative to Opioids,”, Nov. 17, 2017

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director, Addiction Services, Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, Aug. 2016-present
  • Staff psychologist and Clinical Director, Spectrum Health, Sep. 2014-July 2016
  • Post-doctoral fellow, US Department of Veterans Affairs, July 2013-Sep. 2014
  • PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013
  • MS, Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009
  • BS, Psychology, Iowa State University, 2007
  • None found
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