Medicine in the Morning -TREATMENT OF THE ADDICTED PATIENT/CDRP
Speaker: Jeremy Taubman, LSCW/CAS
Need for presentation on “The Addicted Patient”
- Many patients who are either addicted to prescription medication and/or alcohol or illicit drugs, or are
otherwise at risk of developing a substance use disorder, struggle with compliance to medical advice and direction. Additionally, many physicians find that interactions with these patients, particularly when it involves conversations about the need to taper prescriptions for controlled substances, can be particularly challenging. In an effort to address these issues, the following was included in the presentation:
o This presentation provided a framework for engaging and interacting with these patients more
o Participants were challenged to consider their preconceptions about addicted patients and how
implicit bias might influence their medical decisions
o Screening and diagnostic information was presented to help participants identify patients who
may be addicted or at risk
1. Be consistent – A consistent message at every encounter helps patients shift from a position of
contention or resistance, to one of acceptance. Consistent messages also help the provider to avoid unnecessary stress associated with second guessing their decisions and advice.
2. Be compassionate – Patients often complain that it is not WHAT was said, but HOW it was said
that upsets them and compels them to resist medical recommendations. Any message conveyed with compassion will be better received, and therefore more effective.
3. Be concise – Similar to clarity of message, concision helps patients understand the information
without distraction or confusion, and limits opportunities for conflict between the patient and provider.
CREDITS & ACCREDITATION:
Kaiser Napa Solano Area is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Kaiser Napa Solano Area designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. + Geriatrics: 1 and PAIN/EOL: 1
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
- 1.00 Geriatrics
- 1.00 Pain/EOL