Pain and Addiction XIX

Thursday, April 12, 2018
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Indigo Ballroom BG, Level 2
Hilton Bayfront San Diego | San Diego, CA


The ASAM Pain & Addiction: Common Threads Course is one of ASAM’s longest running and most popular courses. This course is designed to develop learners’ clinical skills and improve treatment of patients who fall somewhere in the gray area around pain and addiction. This course is designed for those in the addiction medicine field who already have some experience with pain and addiction.

This year’s course will address some of the most common barriers and challenges standing in the way of effective treatment and provide learners with skills or resources to immediately use in their practices. Presenters will address challenges such as appropriately assessing, diagnosing or referring patients (particularly those with psychiatric co-morbidities) and addressing the inappropriate referrals of other healthcare providers. Inaccurate diagnosis or referral can hinder treatment progress and impact patient trust in their health care providers. Presenters will also review how and why to have crucial conversations with patients, families, or other healthcare providers in a limited amount of time. Lastly, presenters will also address complex, challenging patient cases such as patients on high doses of opioids or sedatives, patients with complex medical concerns, special patient populations, and many others. All presentations will have a non-didactive component allowing participants to either self-reflect, discuss with other attendees, or engage with the presenters.

Educational Purpose

Participants will learn clinical best practices and new research developments for treating patients with pain and addiction and how to begin to integrate these techniques into their own practices.

Learning Format and Methodologies

This live course is designed to be interactive, with opportunities for participant engagement and discussion. Short sessions throughout the day will be led by a team of experts and include a mixture of lectures, case examples, discussions, self-reflection and skills building.

Who Should Attend

This course is aimed toward addiction medicine specialists who treat patients with chronic pain and/or substance use disorders. Healthcare providers from other specialties who are interested in treating patients with chronic pain and addiction are also encouraged to attend.

Course Topics

  • Assessment & Diagnosis of Pain, Addiction, and/or Psychiatric Co-Morbidities
  • Crucial Conversations with Patients, Families, or Other Healthcare Providers
  • Treatment of Pain and Addiction in Special Populations
  • Medical Management of Patients on High-Dose Opioids and/or Sedatives
  • Locating Treatment or Referral Resources

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  1. Distinguish between physiological dependence, substance use disorder, misuse, tolerance, and nonadherence in the context of pain.
  2. Identify possible co-occurring psychological disorders in patients with pain and/or addiction.
  3. Identify and connect patients with available resources to support effective treatment of pain and addiction.
  4. Refuse treatment options that may be harmful, when requested by the patient or referring physician, and offer suggestions for alternative interventions.
  5. Manage the complex treatment needs of special populations with pain and/or addiction.
  6. Direct or implement the medical management of withdrawal from opioids and other drugs.

Program Planning Committee

Mark A. Weiner, MD, DFASAM, Chair
William S. Jacobs, MD
Laura Morgan, PharmD, MEd, BCPS
Melvin I. Pohl, MD, DFASAM
Ilene R. Robeck, MD, FASAM
Michael P. Sprintz, DO, FASAM
R. Corey Waller, MD, MS, FACEP, DFASAM

CME Committee Reviewer

Catherine R. Friedman, MD, FAPA, DFASAM

CME Credit Information

ACCME Accreditation Statement

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

ASAM has been awarded the highest level of Accreditation with Commendation by ACCME as a provider of CME.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

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.