Pain and Addiction: Challenges and Controversies

1 Hour (VRA) | taught by Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM

Course description

Chronic Pain occurs as a complicated web of emotions and physical symptoms.  The most common way to treat pain is to use opioid medications, which actually complicates the course of chronic pain. For some individuals who develop chemical dependency/ addiction to these medications, management and treatment for their condition can become much more complicated. 

This session will review the interactions of pain, suffering and addiction as they interface in your patients with suggestions for intervention and treatment.

After viewing this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand the fundamentals of pain and suffering. 
    • Differentiate acute and chronic pain
    • Explore neurobiology of pain
    • Describe Central Pain
    • Discuss Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Learn about medication treatments for chronic pain.
    • Non-opioid medications
    • Opioids – side effects, chemical coping, hyperalgesia, addiction.
    • Rational prescribing – screening, entry and exit strategies
    • Medically managed withdrawal
    • Medication - assisted treatment
  • Be able to list and understand the efficacy of non-mediation treatments for chronic pain.
    • Mindfulness training
    • Cognitive behavioral interventions
    • Physical modalities
    • Pain Recovery
Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM
Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM
Chief Medical Officer of Las Vegas Recovery Center's Pain Recovery Program

Dr. Pohl is a Board Certified in Family Practice and Addiction Medicine. He is the Chief Medical Officer of Las Vegas Recovery Center's Pain Recovery Program. He is the author of A Day without Pain and his newest book with Kathy Ketcham is The Pain Antidote - Stop Suffering from Chronic Pain, Avoid Addiction to Painkillers, and Reclaim Your Life.

This program is pre-approved by VRA Canada for a 1 hour training session