Course Overview

This course was created and provided by the Virtual Center of Excellence (VCE), a former project of the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network (DWIHN). Content and format will be updated in the near future to address current accessibility standards. If you are unable to access the content in this section, please contact the imp support team for assistance.

This course will inform how to distinguish among a pain diagnosis, a substance use disorder, or co-occurring substance use and pain disorder, as well as identify the medical treatments available for prescription drug addiction. This would be appropriate for NBCC, QMHP.

  • Duration: 0.5 hour
  • Credit Hours: MCBAP-R (0.5), MCBAP-S (0.0), Mi-CEC (0.0), Nursing (0.0)

Topics Covered

The Opioid Crisis

This course will provide the participants with a high-level overview of the current opioid crisis in the United States. This will include information about co-occurring disorders and the potential warning signs that direct care workers may face with their clients. 

Substance Use Disorders within Pain Diagnosis

This course has been designed to assist those direct care workers in furthering their understanding of prescription drug addiction within the larger framework of Substance Use Disorder (SUD). This course provides information to help those direct care workers determine if their clients that are complaining of pain are also seeking prescription drugs to fuel their addiction. This course will include best practices for working with these clients to determine the actual need for prescription pain medication. 

Medical Treatments Available for Perscription Drug Addiction. 

This course will provide its participants with additional services and evidence-based best practices for developing a medical treatment plan for those clients with a SUD. This may include a specific pain treatment plan, detox, or other tactics that best suit your clients' specific needs. 

Additional Considerations

"On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose." - CDC

Course Objectives

  • Gain the ability to distinguish among pain diagnosis a substance use disorder (SUD). 
  • Identify potential medical treatments for prescription and opioid drug addiction.

What People Are Saying

I enjoyed the online module. It provided very helpful information and structure on this topic and how to implement it.

- Sam S.