Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan, Ypsilanit, MichiganI am the president and founder of Pain Recovery Solutions and began this private practice in 1999. I am certified in Internal Medicine, Pain Management, Addiction Medicine, and Medical Oncology. I specializes in treating patients with chronic pain syndromes, addiction, and in detoxification as well as internal medicine needs. I have the understanding of the relationship between medical problems, pain, and addiction led to the establishment of a practice that provide services to patients that address multiple related problems using an integrated, comprehensive approach. I received my Medical Degree from the University of Michigan in 1978. I trained in Internal Medicine at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, and completed fellowships in Hematology/Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the University of Michigan. I have an associate degree in Healthcare Risk Management and Quality Review. I present lectures internationally on Chronic Pain and Addiction and am an active member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine where I am co-chairman of the Pain and Addiction-Common Threads Course. I am a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. I am the immediate past president of the Michigan Society of Addiction Medicine and on the faculty of the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Michigan Medical Center. No Disclosures
Medical Director, Pain Recovery Solutions, Ypsilanti, MichiganDr. Weiner received his undergraduate degree (B.S. Psychology) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He earned his medical degree at Cornell University Medical College in New York City. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University McGaw Medical Campus in Chicago, Illinois. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Since 2008, Dr. Weiner has worked at Pain Recovery Solutions in Ann Arbor, Michigan practicing full time Addiction Medicine and Pain Medicine. He is the Section Head of Addiction Medicine at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital - Ann Arbor. He has participated in planning the ASAM preconfernece, Common Threads: Pain and Addiction, since 2011 and is the current vice chair. He also is a member of the ASAM Annual Meeting planning committee since 2014 and is an editor on the up-and-coming ASAM Pain and Addiction Handbook.
Medical Director, Las Vegas Recovery Center, Las Vegas, NevadaMel Pohl, MD, FASAM is a Board Certified Family Practitioner. He is the Medical Director of Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC). Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing LVRCs Chronic Pain Recovery Program. He is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), and a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Dr. Pohl is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He is a nationally known public speaker and co-author of Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain (Central Recovery Press, 2009); Pain Recovery for Families: How to Find Balance When Someone Elses Chronic Pain Becomes Your Problem Too (Central Recovery Press, 2010). Dr. Pohl is the author of A Day without Pain (Central Recovery Press, 2008), which won a silver medal from Independent Publisher Book Award in May 2009. His new book writtten with Kathy Ketcham is The Pain Antidote: The Proven Program to Help You Stop Suffering From Chronic Pain, Avoid Addiction to Painkillers - and Reclaim Your Life (DeCapo). Las Vegas Recovery Center- Salary- Medical Director
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Room: Governors Ballroom A, Fourth Floor
Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan, Ypsilanit, Michigan
Medical Director, Pain Recovery Solutions, Ypsilanti, Michigan
Medical Director, Las Vegas Recovery Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Sedatives in addiction or chronic pain patients present hazards to both recovery in the individual and in the treatment/management of chronic pain in them. The long-term use of sedatives is known to produce cognitive impairment, visual-spatial impairment, as well as worsening mood and a "downward spiral" of worsening pain perception and dysfunction in susceptible patients. Patients with chemical dependency are at higher risk for relapse when these mood altering medications are prescribed. The use of sedatives can destabilize even a robust recovery program.
Presenters will seek to assist practitioners in identifying if and when sedatives become problematic in their patients, and in developing the appropriate treatment strategies from withdrawal from sedatives. Primary care physicians, pain and addiction specialists will be able to identify problematic sedative use, unintended consequences of sedative use, and to appropriately withdraw patients from chronic sedative medications. The difficulties involving medical withdrawal from sedatives will be discussed as well as the implementation of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment strategies and aftercare for the sedative dependent patient. Data summarizing inpatient and outpatient medical withdrawal will be shared. Audience questions and comments regarding general issues or specific cases will be encouraged throughout the presentation.