Welcome to the Patient-Centered Approach to Identification and Management of Substance Use Disorders CME lecture series.  

This lecture series was developed to provide you with valuable tools for identifying patients with substance use disorders, understand how to effectively and compassionately communicate with patients, and to provide the hope of recovery to individuals affected by addiction.  Our hope is that this lecture series will be a part of the solution in solving the crisis our communities face related to this disease. 

When my own family became affected by addiction, I learned firsthand the impact this disease can have on a person’s life and the lives of those around them.  Seeing my brother, Branden’s, struggle and his eventual success in recovery encouraged me to share his story.  I will never be able to fathom what he has been through, but seeing God’s grace and Branden’s tenacity and faithfulness that he has exemplified in his recovery has inspired me. His story has been the spring board to generate what I believe will change how providers treat those affected by addiction.   

One of the first things I learned on this journey is that the culture needs to change.  We all need to share our stories. We need to get to a place where no one feels ashamed or embarrassed about their story.  Secondly, we as providers need to create an environment where people feel at ease talking about addiction. With this growing crisis in our community, it is imperative that we feel comfortable having these discussions and to understand not only how to identify addiction; but also, to know the treatment options and community resources that are available.  Along with that comes a responsibility for us to practice appropriate and safe prescribing.  In developing this series, our focus has been to stay patient-centered throughout the inception and planning.  If we continue to keep this focus versus a disease focus, we illustrate the humanistic side of medicine and bring to light how individuals' lives are affected. Then, we are able to better serve our communities.  

Our desire is that after this series, you will share our passion of bringing others to a place they feel at ease discussing this disease, that you feel confident in your improved knowledge, and ultimately that you will share the hope of recovery to patients and families affected by addiction. 

Thank you for participating in viewing this lecture series or any part herein.


Angela Conrad, MPA, PA-C, DFAAPA
Clinical Director
Associate Professor
Macon & Joan Brock
Virginia Health Sciences 
At Old Dominion University
Physician Assistant Program

Joy Hampton, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Clinical Educator
Assistant Professor
Macon & Joan Brock
Virginia Health Sciences 
At Old Dominion University
Physician Assistant Program

The following enduring materials were originally presented at Kenneth LeGree Hallman, MD Memorial Lecture Series on Patient-Centered Approach to Identification and Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder provided by the Department of Health Professions and Continuing Medical Education.

Click the links below to view the archived materials:


A Personal Story of Addiction

Patient Panel Discussion

Introduction to Opioid Use Disorder

How to Identify and Assess a Patient's Risk for Opioid Use Disorder

Opioid Use Disorder Treatment and SUD Treatment Settings: A Crash Course

Appropriate Utilization of Urine Drug Testing

Strategies for Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Chronic Pain

Behavioral Health Treatment of Chronic Pain

Cannabis and Cannabinoid for Chronic Pain

Principles of Safe Opioid Prescribing

Understanding Stimulants and The World of Hallucinogens

Assessment and Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder

Management of Acute Alcohol Withdrawal