Pain and Addiction Course: Common Threads XVI

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​A world without Opioids? 

In the 16th year of The ASAM Pain and Addiction Common Threads Course, experts in the field will examine evidence-based methods of pain management that involve minimal or no use of prescription opioids. Through the use of five clinical cases, faculty will demonstrate how to treat varied types of pain patients. Faculty will use role play in combination with short lectures to model and explain the best approaches to treatment for the unique patients. In addition to learning different approaches to pain management, course attendees will learn how to use motivational interviewing effectively and how to get the most out of their patient interactions. Course attendees will leave the course with new knowledge and a set of skills that can be immediately applied to their clinical practice.

Educational Purpose

Physicians and other members of the medical care team will understand how to approach and treat patients with varied types of pain through limited or no use of opioids.

Who Should Attend

Addiction medicine physicians, pain specialists, primary care physicians, emergency physicians, psychiatrists, anesthesiologists, any health care professionals working with addiction or pain management and related issues. 

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Motivational Interviewing
  • Chronic Back Pain and Neuropathic Pain
  • Migraine and Headache Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • High-Dose Opioid Patients
  • Substance Use and Pain
  • Audience Submitted Cases
  • Ask Me Anything with Course Faculty

Learning Objectives

​Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to: ​

  • Understand the science motivational interviewing and employ the techniques in interviews with their patients.
  • Describe risks and complications of prescription opioid use in addiction and chronic patients. 
  • Identify at least three non-opioid based methods of pain management and their risk benefits. 
  • Differentiate between non-opioid based treatment approaches and apply them correctly to treat varied types of pain.
  • Confidently explain treatment approaches to their patients and anticipate common patient questions. 

Continuing Medical Education Credit

The American Society of Addiction Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The American Society of Addiction Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (s)™.  ​Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Program Planning Committee and Course Faculty

R. Corey Waller, MD, MS, FACEP, Chair
Mark A. Weiner, MD, Vice Chair 
Herbert L. Malinoff, MD, FACP, FASAM, Immediate Past Chair
Melvin I. Pohl, MD, FASAM
Ilene Robeck, MD
Howard C. Wetsman, MD, FASAM
Christopher Spevak MD, MPH, JD

Course Staff

Molly Mazuk, Manager, Professional Development