Educating providers on the complex topic of pain and addiction and providing the newest research and clinical skills

Pain & Addiction Courses

Pain & Addiction

Treating patients who fall in the grey are between pain and addiction can be particularly challenging for health care providers. To educate providers on this complex topic of pain and addiction and keep them abreast of the newest research and clinical skills, ASAM has three courses:

  1. Essentials
  2. Applied Skills
  3. Common Threads

These courses provide content for all provider experience levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The courses utilize a variety of learning modalities including on-demand/available 24/7 recordings and self-paced formats as well as live courses that are offered virtually and in-person.

Pain & Addiction: Essentials

Beginner, online, & self-paced modules

Pain & Addiction: Applied Skills

Intermediate, live, highly interactive 1-day course

Pain & Addiction: Common Threads

Advanced, live and on-demand 1-day course

Pain & Addiction: Essentials Online 

The ASAM Pain & Addiction Essentials is a series of 6 online modules that cover the foundations of pain and addiction including the science, stigma, screening and assessment, treatment options and planning, and interdisciplinary approaches. The modules are self-paced and include interactive activities, knowledge check questions, video content, and text-based content. All modules can be taken together as a full 6-8 hour course or can be taken individually to fill learner knowledge gaps in pain and addiction topics.

Modules will be rolled out as they are available throughout 2021.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for those who are new to pain and addiction including:

  • Primary care/family physicians
  • Early career providers
  • Fellows in training/residents in pain, addiction, primary care, etc.
  • Other members of the care team (nurses, program managers, case workers, counselors etc) who are looking for introductory topics on pain and addiction.








Pain & Addiction: Applied Skills Virtual Workshop

The ASAM Pain & Addiction: Applied Skills Workshop, is a new, intermediate level course launched in 2021. This virtual workshop is designed to increase learner’s skills in treating pain and addiction. The workshop will be a dynamic and interactive opportunity for those who have some experience in pain and addiction to apply essential treatment skills to their practice. Attendees should come ready to engage in dialogue and activities with expert faculty and peers.


  • Utilizing screening tools
  • Creating treatment plans
  • Brief counseling techniques
  • Educating patients about pain and addiction
  • Having difficult conversations with patients about pain and addiction
  • Complex pharmacological techniques such as buprenorphine induction, opioid tapering, and non-opioid management
  • Selecting non-pharmacologic treatment methods
  • Creating a multidisciplinary referral network


Who Should Attend

This course is designed for physicians, nurses, and physicians’ assistants with some experience treating pain and addiction, but who are at an intermediate level.


Upcoming Courses

Monday, October 18, 2021 - Live Virtual

10:00-6:00pm ET

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Pain & Addiction: Common Threads Course

The ASAM Pain & Addiction: Common Threads Course is one of ASAM’s longest running and most popular courses. This advanced course is designed to increase learner’s understanding of complex topics and improve treatment of patients who fall somewhere in the grey area between pain and addiction. Participants will learn about new research developments affecting treatment and how to integrate these techniques into their own practices. This course is offered as a live course and recordings will be available on-demand following the course.


Who Should Attend

This course is intended for those in the addiction medicine field who already have experience with pain and addiction but want to stay abreast of new research and practices. Other healthcare providers and members of the care team interested and experienced in treating this patient population are also encouraged to attend.


Upcoming Courses

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - Live Virtual & On-demand

10:00 am - 6:00 pm ET

Register here