Pain, Addiction and Nicotine Dependence: Science and Impact (.75 CME)

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(.75 CME) In this conference recording from the 2018 Pain & Addiction: Common Threads Course, you will learn about the pharmacodynamics of nicotine. Presenters will also address common questions providers have about nicotine such as:

  1. Is nicotine and tobacco dependence associated with chronic pain?
  2. Does smoking alleviate pain in patients with acute or chronic pain? 
  3. Can patients with chronic pain quit smoking? Should smoking cessation be encouraged in chronic pain patients? What strategies may be effective?
  4. Is there a future role for nicotine or a nicotine congener in the treatment of chronic pain? 

R. Corey Waller


R. Corey Waller, MD, MS, FACEP, DFASAM, is an addiction, pain and emergency medicine specialist. Dr. Waller earned his bachelor's degree in biology and his master's degree in neuromolecular biology at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He earned his medical degree at University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. Dr. Waller completed his emergency medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He is board certified and fellowship trained in addiction medicine.

Terry A. Rustin


Dr. Rustin provides telemedicine consultations in psychiatry and addiction treatment with JSA Health, and serves as a consultant to industry in developing smoking cessation programs. He served on the faculty of the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston for more than 20 years, teaching addictions and the clinical assessment of patients to medical and nursing students and psychiatric residents, retiring in 2010. Dr. Rustin has a special interest in nicotine dependence, and has developed a treatment program for nicotine dependence based on addiction-recovery principles. He has written a series of books for clients describing this recovery process, and a companion volume for treatment professionals to assist them in developing such programs. He has also produced a pair of videos on nicotine dependence to supplement these materials. He designed and is currently managing a smoking cessation program for the 25,000 employees of a cruise line company. In 1991, Dr. Rustin directed the transition of the addiction treatment program at the Harris County Psychiatric Center to a smoke-free program. This program successfully integrated the treatment of nicotine dependence into the context of addiction treatment, and has served as a model for programs across the nation. Dr. Rustin shares this experience by providing consultations and training sessions for hospitals and treatment programs planning to go smokefree and to incorporate nicotine dependence treatment into their programs. Dr. Rustin served as Texas Chairman for ASAM for four years; he directed the Review Course in Addiction Medicine from 1988 through 1993 and the Society's 1995 and 1996 National Conference on Nicotine Dependence. He is certified by ABIM, ASAM and by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. He is a ASAM Fellow and has been listed in “The Best Doctors in America” in Addiction Medicine each year since 1996.

ACCME Accredited with Commendation

ACCME Accreditation Statement

The American Society of Addiction Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The American Society of Addiction Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Session Recording
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Open to view video. This video was recorded on April 12, 2018 in San Diego, CA.
CME Quiz
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