The Elephant in the Room: Managing Pain Patients with Substance Use Disorders
In the face of the overwhelming prescription opioid abuse and chronic pain epidemics, a new paradigm is required to promote compassionate and effective pain care, while minimizing risks for addiction, abuse, or diversion of many types of pain medications. Addressing psychological and substance misuse/abuse issues in the chronic pain milieu is complex and challenging, yet vital, requiring a broader skill set and a multidisciplinary approach to manage successfully. Patient discharge is not the only option. This program educates providers on the fundamentals of addictive disease and its intersection with chronic pain. Dr. Sprintz discusses strategies to help providers and patients effectively manage pain, while decreasing the risks for medication misuse and addiction.
Faculty: Michael Sprintz, DO, FASAM
This 1-hour CME activity is designed for all clinicians who treat chronic pain.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of the neurobiological basis of addictive disease
- Illustrate the complex nature between pain and substance use disorders
- Discuss tools and techniques that can assist with managing pain, while also addressing co-occuring substance use disorders.
Michael Sprintz, DO, FASAM, is the founder of Sprintz Center for Pain and Dependency in The Woodlands, Texas. He is triple board certified in pain medicine, addiction medicine, and anesthesiology. Dr. Sprintz is also founder and CEO of Cellarian Health, which creates predictive analytic software to help fight the prescription drug abuse epidemic. Dedicated to transforming the paradigm of pain and addiction treatment, Dr. Sprintz served as the past president of the Texas Society of Addiction Medicine and currently serves on the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s Payer Relations Committee and Drug Testing Expert Panel, as well as a consultant to the FDA’s Analgesic and Anesthetic Drug Products Advisory Committee.
Staff and Content Validation Reviewer Disclosures
The staff involved with this activity and any content validation reviewers of this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.
Planning Committee/Faculty Disclosure
Dr. Sprintz reports that he receives consulting fees from Leigance Consulting and Collegium Pharmaceuticals. He also has ownership interest in Cellarian Health, LLC.
Debra Nelson-Hogan, Director of Education for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, reports that she has nothing to disclose.
Cathleen Coneghen, Assistant Director of Education for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, reports that she has nothing to disclose.
The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a health care provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
For questions regarding CME for this activity, you may reach the department of education at the Academy of Integrative Pain Management at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For successful completion of this activity, please complete a pre-test; utilize the audio recordings synched with the presentation slides to review the content, providing answers to your questions as necessary; and complete a post-test and evaluation following the activity. You will then be prompted to print your certificate. This activity should take approximately 60 minutes to complete.
This program is accredited for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and psychologists. All other clinicians can submit the certificate of attendance upon completion of the program to their licensing boards for consideration of credit.
The Academy of Integrative Pain Management is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Academy of Integrative Pain Management designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Amedco is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
This enduring course is co-provided by Amedco and the Academy of Integrative Pain Management. Maximum of 1 contact hour(s).
The Academy of Integrative Pain Management is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The American Academy of Pain Management maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The Academy designates this activity for a maximum of 1 CE credit.
Amedco is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Amedco designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1 contact hour(s). Full attendance is required. No partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attedance.
- 1.00 ACPE
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
- 1.00 ANCC
- 1.00 APA
- 1.00 Document of Attendance