Opioid Crisis: Problems and Solutions*



In recent years, the use and abuse of opioids have reached record highs, negatively impacting the lives of many Americans. While most physicians prescribe medications to make their patients’ lives better, prescribing opioids for pain has led to a national crisis. In this workshop, participants will learn the basics about opioids as a class of drugs, why these substances have become problematic, and some ways this trend can be lessened by using alternative treatments for pain other than these addicting substances.


  • Describe the history of opioid use throughout history, including the most recent trend to “overprescribe” these medications.
  • List the drugs included in this class of medications.
  • Summarize the dangers involved in this class of drugs and ways to avoid these.
  • Identity in which patients might benefit from short-term use of opioids and a proper protocol for these folks.
  • Formulate less damaging treatment protocols for patients currently using opioids so as to avoid further abuse and/or dependency.
Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, & Licensed Professional Counselors
Content level: Beginner to intermediate
2 CE hour credits approved by ASWB, NAADAC & NBCC
State Board Approval
TX 2041-19
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
VCB EP # 143
OCDP Board # 20-786606 (C1)

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level Beginner to intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 3
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self

    • Lecture1.1
      Opioid Crisis: Problems and Solutions

    • Lecture2.1
      Opioid Crisis: Problems and Solutions
  • QUIZ 1

    • Quiz3.1
      Opioid Crisis: Problems and Solutions 15 questions
Stephen Mathis is a licensed psychologist and an internationally certified addictions counselor who has been working with adolescents, young and middle adults, and families/couples since 1983. He is one of the few clinicians who works on weekends and makes house calls. In addition to providing a variety of assessments (i.e., psychoeducational, forensic, cognitive, emotional, neurological, personological), individual psychotherapy (both “regularly scheduled” and intensive outpatient), and group therapy, Dr. Mathis is an adjunct/part-time faculty at several colleges and training institutes, conducts seminars and workshops nationwide on a variety of topics, supervises other therapists, consults with various professionals and organizations, has pioneered a new form of music-assisted therapy (M.A.TH.I.S.), and is in the process of writing a book on addictions based on his development trauma model. True to the advice given to the patients he serves, Dr. Mathis adheres to a healthy lifestyle, an illicit substance-free existence, and a holistic dietary regimen, making the majority of his meals from scratch himself without using refined or artificial ingredients or simple carbohydrates. In his free time, Dr. Mathis is an avid collector of classic stringed instruments and amplifiers, as well as a being a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, arranger, and producer.