The ASAM Pain & Addiction Course

Pain and Addiction

Thursday, April 14, 2016

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Hilton Baltimore | Baltimore , MD


In the 17th year of The ASAM Pain and Addiction Common Threads Course, experts in the field will use three commonly seen archetypal patients to dive deeply into medically managed withdrawal (MMW) off of opioids and benzodiazepines, evidence-based treatment for ongoing opioid use disorders, the identification and treatment caveats in a complicated medical patient, and the treatment of addiction and pregnancy.  Through the use of mini-lectures attendees will learn about how to address all of the different aspects of a patient’s disease to provide more comprehensive care.  The course will culminate with an exploration of the most advanced current pain treatments and what the future holds for the utilization of genetics, neuromodulation and medication based therapies. Course attendees will leave the course with new knowledge and an understanding that can be immediately applied to their clinical practice.  

Educational Purpose

Physicians and other members of the medical care team will understand how to treat the whole patient and not just one of their symptoms.   

Learning Format and Methodologies

There will be three sessions each covering one common patient archetype.  The presenters will review the patient’s current symptoms and the patient’s history.  Each case presentation will be followed with 4 mini-lectures on different topics relevant to the successful treatment of that patient.  The day will end with a keynote lecture on the future of pain management and an extended section for audience question and answer.        

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.

Course Topics

  • Medically Managed Withdrawal
  • Detox/Transition to Buprenorphine, Methadone, or Naltrexone
  • MAT in Pregnancy 
  • Behavioral Therapies in Acute and Chronic Treatment Phases
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Future of Pain Management

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants should be able to:
1. Apply new knowledge to appropriately manage chemical withdrawal in patients with varied or complex medical concerns. 
2. Confidently transition patients off of opioids to drug-free or onto buprenorphine, methadone, or naltrexone.
3. Understand the granular aspects of medication assisted treatment for specific patient types
4. Identify complicated medical conditions and describe their implications for treatment plans.
5. Apply evidence-based treatment modalities to a pregnant patient with an opioid use disorder
6. Explain the most advanced current pain treatment pathways as well as what the future holds.

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. 

ASAM designates this live activity for a maximum of 8 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

R. Corey Waller, MD, MS, FACEP, Chair
Mark A. Weiner, MD, Vice Chair
Herbert L. Malinoff, MD, FACP, DFASAM
Melvin I. Pohl, MD, DFASAM
Ilene Robeck, MD, FASAM
Howard Wetsman, MD, DFASAM

CME Committee Reviewers