APhA Pain Institute - Addiction as Disease: Leaving the Stigma Behind (pre-registration required)


People are finally starting to think of addiction as a disease rather than a moral failing. For decades, addiction signified a character disorder, a poor upbringing, or parental neglect. Now, emerging science shows addiction to be a brain disease with the same genetic transmutability as many other chronic diseases. During this session, addiction experts will describe the concept of addiction as a chronic disease and explain how this affects treatment paradigms, including strategies for addressing pain management in a person recovering from addiction.

This session is part of the new APhA Pain Institute offering a full day of interactive sessions and exciting debates addressing how to prevent opioid misuse, abuse, and overdose while managing pain. Pre-registration is required; click here for more information and registration.

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

At the completion of this knowledge-based activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the following terms: physical dependence, tolerance, active addiction, recovery, and substance abuse.
  2. Discuss legal concerns associated with providing care and pain management for a patient who is in recovery.
  3. List tools that assist providers in determining pain levels in patients who are recovering from addiction and discuss how the information from these tools can be utilized when selecting an appropriate analgesic regimen.
  4. Discuss strategies that can be implemented by providers to ensure effective pain management in patients in recovery, including opioid treatment agreements and opioid regimen selection.
Ted Parran, MD
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Learning Level: Level 2
Track: Clinical Patient Care and Services
Session Time Slot(s): 
Friday, March 24
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Moscone - Esplanade 302
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-17-027-L04-P
CEUs Pharmacist: .15
Activity Type: