Dueling Diagnoses – Complicated Pain and Addiction: Identifying & Unlocking the Perpetuating Factors & Treatment Strategies

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013 1:00 PM EDT, 12:00 PM CDT

“Chronic pain” can imply a hopeless and permanent condition. “Complicated pain” more accurately conveys the nature of this multi-factorial condition, and hints at the integrative strategy that is required to successfully treat it. In this webinar, Dr. Jerry Lerner, Chief of Pain Medicine at Sierra Tucson, will explore the underlying factors that can perpetuate unresolved pain.

Dr. Lerner will discuss both the proven and emerging treatment strategies that can help resolve the factors that contribute to poor outcomes in these patients. He will further identify the options and risks of treating dual diagnosis chronic pain with substance abuse/addiction.

Learning Objectives:

  • Differentiate between the concepts of chronic versus complicated pain.
  • Identify the perpetuating factors that interfere with the natural resolution of pain.
  • Describe effective treatment strategies for each of the identified perpetuating factors.
  • Explain the options and risks of treating duel diagnoses of pain and substance abuse/addiction.

Continuing Education Information:



NBCC - CE Learning Systems, LLC is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (Provider # 5951) and a cosponsor of this event/program. CE Learning Systems, LLC may award NBCC-approved clock hours for events or programs that meet NBCC requirements. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for the content of this event.

NAADAC - CE Learning Systems, LLC is a NAADAC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (NAADAC Provider # 410) and a cosponsor of this event. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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About the Speaker(s):

Jerry Lerner, M.D.
Chief of Pain Medicine
Sierra Tucson

Dr. Jerry Lerner joined Sierra Tucson’s medical team in December 2010 as Chief of Pain Medicine and was appointed Interim Medical Director in December 2012. Wisconsin born and raised, Dr. Lerner received his medical education and specialty training at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is Board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management.

Dr. Lerner has investigated pain from many perspectives. In addition to his medical and physiatric training and experience, he has studied and trained in myofascial release, cranio-sacral therapy, osteopathic manipulation, mindfulness meditation, nutrition, life coaching, and trauma recovery. His treatment philosophy is to serve as a guide and facilitator, bringing together knowledge and appreciation of medical, surgical, rehabilitation, and alternative strategies to serve individuals with pain, trauma, and disabilities. Dr. Lerner brings a quarter century of clinical and leadership experience to his work.

He is the former medical director of Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Hospital, Mount Carmel Health and Rehabilitation Center, Performance Enhancement Rehabilitation, and The Center for Integrative Pain and Rehab. He owned and operated a private practice for 15 years as well as developed and operated Selfcares, a wellness spa. He has been a clinical instructor at the Medical College of Wisconsin for over 20 years and has served frequently as a medical-legal expert on cases involving injuries, pain, and disability.