Bridging the Gap: Compassionate Engagement with Clients in Chronic Pain and Addiction Treatment

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Bridging the Gap: Compassionate Engagement with Clients in Chronic Pain and Addiction Treatment

June 15, 2023 @ 9:00am - 11:30am

Hybrid Hybrid Event

2023 CE Speaks Series – Beyond The Basics


During this presentation, Drew Horowitz, MA, LADC, LPCC, CIP and Ashwin V. George, MD will provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of how addictive substances alter the brain and the challenges encountered when intervening and exploring solutions to managing chronic pain. This presentation will focus on key concepts in balancing chronic pain management in the addictive brain. Participants will learn how to compassionately engage with clients, recognize ineffective behaviors, and will guide clinicians on modalities and understanding to treat chronic pain with clients embarking into substance use recovery. Through anecdotes, best practices and experiential activities, participants will establish a base of knowledge on how to recommend treatment for substance use disordered clients struggling with chronic pain, how to practice a biological approach of compassion with clients and gain and understanding of alternative methods to tackle chronic pain and still treat addiction. Attendees will benefit with a stronger tool set and education on research to treatments in order to aid clients into managing their pain and embark on a successful life in recovery.


– Participants will understand the physiological activity of an addictive brain, focusing on the research specifically related to chronic pain.
– Participants will be able to recognize debilitating behaviors that are significant in recognizing addictive tendencies when also treating pain.
– Participants will explore the impact of science and behavioral health as a powerful combination towards healing.
– Participants will be able to develop communication based on proven research successful methodologies for intervening with clients with chronic pain. – Participants will be educated on MAT solutions and how they can aid in developing a safe recovery lifestyle.


Drew Horowitz, MA, LADC, LPCC Owner & Senior Interventionist

Drew Horowitz, MA, LADC, LPCC, CIP is a nationally known and well recognized clinical interventionist and therapist. Drew Horowitz brings a vast range of expertise working with and overseeing clinical teams in the behavioral health field. With over a decade of experience, he has worked with a multitude of populations providing drug & alcohol detoxification, clinical case management, individual therapy, continuing care coordination, intensive outpatient services, consultation, intervention, coaching, and mental health counseling.

Ashwin V. George MD

Ashwin V. George, MD is a triple-board-certified in internal medicine, palliative care, and addiction medicine. Dr. George graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, completed a surgical internship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York and underwent his internal medicine residency at Seton Hall University’s Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey. As a Board-Certified Addiction Medicine specialist, Dr. George provides treatment for opioid dependence, heroin addiction, alcohol, benzodiazepines, and methamphetamine dependence.

Important Information

  • CEU applications have been submitted to the Boards of Behavioral Health, Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapy. 1.5 CEUS will be available. This event will not include ethics or cultural competency CEUs.
  • Attendees will be issued a CEU certificate upon completion of a post-event survey and post-test. Certificates will not be issued on-site at the event.
  • To comply with board requirements for tracking attendance, attendees will be required to check-in to the event and check-out at the conclusion of the event.
  • This is a hybrid event with both in-person and virtual tickets available. Please be sure you have selected the correct ticket-type at checkout, as refunds and conversions are not available.
  • Drew Horowitz & Associates does not offer refunds on ticket purchases. If you’re not able to attend the event after purchase, please contact us to transfer your ticket to another individual.
  • Direct any questions or comments to Kara Frahm, Director of Marketing and Business Development at [email protected]

Our Sponsors

This event is presented and sponsored by the Horowitz Health family of companies, and Valley Medical and Wellness.


Valley Medical & Wellness



June 15, 2023
9:00am - 11:30am
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Content Appropriate For
Addiction Counselors, Mental Health Therapists, Peer Recovery Specialists, Medical Professionals, Students/Interns, General Public
Continuing Education Units
CEU Availability
Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy, Board of Marriage and Family Therapy, Board of Social Work
Food Service
Continental Breakfast, Coffee & Water
Event Content
In-Person, Virtual, Didactic/Lecture


Dakota Lodge: Thompson County State Park
1200 Stassen Lane
SAINT PAUL, MN 55118 United States
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