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An Update on Pain Management, Opiates, and Addiction

Wednesday May 11, 2016 | 1:00 p.m. ET, 12:00 p.m. CT, 10:00 a.m. MST

Unresolving pain often intersects with substance use disorders, as well as trauma and mood disorders, complicating healing and recovery. In this presentation Dr. Jerome Lerner will offer an educational coaching and treatment model which identifies the complicating factors that impede natural recovery from painful conditions.

Rather than a specific pain treatment, this approach addresses the strategies of pain recovery which can be applied effectively by therapists and addiction professionals in their practices. Dr. Lerner will also present the latest opiate use guidelines from the CDC and explore how they may impact pain management.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the four major complicating factors that interfere with the natural healing of painful conditions
  • Differentiate chronic pain from complex or complicated pain
  • Identify three strategies that people with addiction and pain can implement to safely and effectively reduce pain
  • List three current CDC guidelines for use of opiates for chronic pain


CEU Information

The Association for the Addiction Professionals - NAADAC

This course has been approved by Vendome Group, LLC, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider # 993121, Vendome Group LLC is responsible for all aspects of their programming.

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of more than 85,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada and abroad. NAADAC’s members are addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support and education. An important part of the healthcare continuum, NAADAC members and its 47 state affiliates work to create healthier individuals, families and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment and recovery support.

About the Speaker(s): 

Jerome Lerner, MD
Director of Complex Pain Program
Sierra Tucson

Jerome Lerner, MD, joined Sierra Tucson’s Medical Team in December 2010 as director of the Complex Pain Program. He was appointed interim medical director in December 2012 and accepted the position of medical director in September 2013. 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 is 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.