Fairbanks Ethics Lecture: Chronic Pain and Opiate Addiction

Wed February 03
Location: Methodist Petticrew Auditorium

When: Wednesday February 3rd, 2016
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Methodist Petticrew Auditorium


  1. Describe the differences between physical dependence, psychological dependence (addiction), tolerance, pseudotolerance, and pseudoaddiction.
  2. Describe a safe plan of care for individuals in pain who may have a past or current history of addictive disease.

**Please Note– Lunch will not be provided.  You may bring your lunch & eat during the presentation.**

For questions and comments, please contact Amy Chamness at achamnes@iuhealth.org or (317)962-1721. 

About the Lecture:

Jim Ryser, MA, LMHC, LCAC, came to his current job as Program Manager of Pain Services at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital quite honestly. Having had a successful music career both as a solo artist and a guitarist/violinist with John Mellencamp in the 90's, it took a turn.  A lifetime of pain, compromised health, and pain management led to pain rehabilitation in 1991. Jim decided that his experience from the pain of over 50 surgeries might have value, so he left music to pursue his education. 

He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Indiana University in 1999 with a BA in psychology with a minor in biology.  After graduation, Jim came to terms with the opiate addiction that resulted pain associated with spina bifida.  He went through the Cleveland Clinic's abstinence based addictions program and has been sober ever since.  It was during this time that Jim decided to change careers and go into pain management. He completed a Master’s Program in Counseling and Human Services at John Carroll University. He trained for pain rehabilitation at the Cleveland Clinic and finished his addictions fellowship at IU Methodist. He currently works with Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller as a chief advisor for the AG’s Prescription Drug Task force and is active with the DEA helping to reduce pill mills in the state of Indiana.  His pain rehabilitation program focuses on helping his patient population learn to manage pain without mood altering medications, with a focus on the 12 steps. He has spoken nationally about the perils of addiction and chronic pain both clinically and as an entertainer, with a focus on recovery as a lifestyle. 

The Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics sponsors the Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series as an educational outreach to physicians and staff of Indiana University Health hospitals and interested others in the central Indiana community.  Lectures are free, open to all, and do not require pre-registration.  Continuing education credit is offered to physicians, nurses, social workers, and chaplains at no charge, regardless of their institutional affiliation.

For additional information about the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, please visit our website at www.fairbankscenter.org.


Accreditation Statement:  The Indiana University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Designation Statement:  The Indiana University School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Faculty Disclosure Statement:  In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Commercial Support, educational programs sponsored by Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) must demonstrate balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor.  All faculty, authors, editors, and planning committee members participating in an IUSM-sponsored activity are required to disclose any relevant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services that are discussed in an educational activity. Statements of disclosure have been collected from Jim Ryser.  Mr. Ryser has no relevant financial relationships to disclose 
Commercial Support:  This CME activity does not have any commercial support

“IU Health Indianapolis (OH-412, 6/1/2016) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.”

1 CE Awarded by Indiana University Health, attendance to the entire program and submission of an evaluation is necessary to receive the contact hour.