The ASAM Pain & Addiction Course


Thursday, April 6, 2017

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Hilton New Orleans Riverside | New Orleans, LA


The theme for the 18th year of The ASAM Pain & Addiction: Common Threads Course is There and Back Again. In the past couple years, research and clinical guidelines for treating patients with pain and/or addiction have evolved dramatically, challenging the traditional way providers think about pain and addiction. Experts in the field will review the scientific, legislative, and clinical updates from the recent months and examine how these updates will affect the methods providers use to treat their patients. Presenters will also address how the “traditional” pain and addiction provider has changed and how to get providers from diverse backgrounds on the same page for patient care. Participants will learn about the many paradigm-shifting updates to the field through a series of mini-lectures. Participants will discuss ways to apply these changes to their practices with a rousing afternoon discussion with peers. Course attendees will leave the course with new knowledge and an understanding that can be immediately applied to their clinical practice.

*Registrants receive complimentary access to the recorded sessions through the ASAM e-Learning Center following the conference.


Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the new research and clinical guidelines on treating patients with pain and addiction and how to apply these to improve patient outcomes. 


The first half of the course will include mini-lectures on the most pressing updates of recent years. The afternoon will include keynote addresses followed by small group discussion. The day will end with an interactive question and answer session. 


This course is aimed toward healthcare providers, at any level, who see patients with chronic pain and substance use disorders. Provider specialties can include, but are not limited to: addiction medicine, pain medicine, emergency medicine, internal medicine, anesthesiology, and psychiatry. 


• Effects of Cannabis Legalization
• Overdose Harm Reduction Efforts
• Heroin and Synthetic Opioids
• Interdisciplinary Models for Treatment
• Opioid Guidelines
• Neuroplasticity
• High Dose Opioids and Benzodiazepines 
• Behavioral Interventions 


Upon completion, participants should be able to: 

  1. Identify and describe the new developments affecting the science, policy, and clinical practice of pain and addiction. 

  2. Analyze new research and science to develop practical applications for treatment or further research. 

  3. Evaluate their current practice, while considering new recommendations/best practices to recognize strengths or gaps. 

  4. Find and use apps, websites, or other resources to support their practice or their patient’s treatment. 

  5. Assess their feelings and attitudes towards the treatment of patients with pain and addiction. 

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

  • Mark A. Weiner, MD, DFASAM (Chair)
  • R. Corey Waller, MD, MS, DFASAM (Immediate Past 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 

CME Committee Reviewers

  • Adam J. Gordon, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM 
  • Catherine R. Friedman, MD, FASAM