Pain and Addiction: Which Came First? (409)

11:00 AM–12:00 PM Sunday, March 1

Rigid implementation of the 2016 Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines caused the physical and psychological suffering of chronic pain patients. The speakers in this session are experts in ethical tapering of opioids based on patients' quality of life (QOL), ability to function, and opioid-related side effects. The panelists will address both the pharmacological and behavioral aspects of managing these patients.

Chronic Pain and SUD: The Multimorbidity Underneath

Vitaly Gordin

Ethical Opioid Tapering: Patient Comes First

W. Michael Hooten, MD

The Role of Psychologist in Managing Opioid Use Disorder

Joseph Hobelmann, MD MPH

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine ethical patient-centered opioid tapering aimed at improving QOL and decreasing opioid-related side effects.
  • Examine behavioral approaches to patients using chronic opioids and how a psychologist can help reduce opioid dose while empowering the patient.