Since 1999, prescribing of opioids has quadrupled, and with the CDC’s recent release of their Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, prescribers face increased pressure to explore non-opioid options when treating chronic pain, especially among individuals with substance use disorders (SUD).

Effectively and safely addressing chronic pain among individuals with SUD is critical; unaddressed chronic pain in patients can contribute to or exacerbate substance use, while inappropriate prescribing and insufficient monitoring can contribute to relapse.

Join the National Council for Behavioral Health as we present our webinar series on Chronic Pain Management and Substance Use Disorders (SUDs), supported by the Providers’ Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies. This series features national experts who will present and answer questions regarding strategies to safely and effectively prescribe medications for the treatment of chronic pain, the overlap between chronic pain and substance use disorders, and evidence-based adjunct approaches to treating or managing chronic pain.

Webinar 1: Prescriber Considerations When Treating Chronic Pain

Date: Tues., April 26, 1:00 PM ET

Presenter: Dr. Roger Chou is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine, and Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Medicine, and Staff Physician in the Internal Medicine Clinic at OHSU. He has served as Director of the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center since 2012.


Chronic pain is common and a challenge to treat. Although opioids are widely used for chronic pain management, growing evidence indicates serious harms and limited benefits for users. How can clinicians more safely and effectively use opioid and non-opioid therapies for management of chronic pain? This webinar draws on the most recent clinical policy and practice guidelines in the area of chronic pain.

Webinar 2: Clinical Tools for Chronic Pain Management among Individuals with Substance Use Disorders (SUDs)

Date: Thurs., May 26, 11:30 AM ET

Presenter: Dr. Joji Suzuki is the Director of the Division of Addiction Psychiatry and Director of Addictions Education in the Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His areas of clinical and research interests are the assessment and management of substance use disorders.


There is a significant overlap between chronic pain and substance use disorders, but clinical tools can support the identification of high-risk patients when addressing chronic pain with opioids. This webinar draws on the cutting-edge best practices to identify and address risk among patients receiving treatment for chronic pain.

Webinar 3: Adjunct Approaches to Chronic Pain Management for Individuals with SUD

Date: Tues., June 21, 3:00 PM ET

Presenter: Dr. Stephen Wyatt is a board certified addiction psychiatrist based out of North Carolina and affiliated with Middlesex Hospital. He received his medical degree from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been in practice for 36 years.


Prescribers can recommend evidence-based adjunct approaches to treating or managing chronic pain and utilize actionable tools, trainings and other resources available through Providers’ Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O). This webinar will outline non-pharmacologic approaches to treating pain and how prescribers can receive additional technical assistance to increase access to these non-opioid options.

This webinar series is supported by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry under its prime grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.


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