Opioid Addiction 2.0




Today, a national crisis of opioid addiction is sweeping the country. According to the CDC, 95 people die every day from an opioid overdose. In 2016, more than 34,000 lives were lost to opioids. Mental health and substance abuse providers need to know how to effectively respond to the overwhelming misuse of these potent drugs. How did we get here? Why is addiction to opioids so difficult to overcome? What continues to drive this crisis? And how do we treat this growing problem?

Learning Objectives

Participants will…

  1. Identify how the causes and scope of the opioid epidemic and how it effects normal brain functioning
  2. Describe the trends in opioid use and abuse, the process of addiction, and the use of certain medications to help counteract the effects of these drugs
  3. Outline different treatment options for those experience an opioid addiction as well as proper pain management protocols and the role of faith in addiction recovery for Christian clients

OPAD 101: Opioids and Addiction: An Alarming Tsunami

Michael Lyles, M.D.

Over the past several years, the United States has been overwhelmed with a growing opioid crisis that has now reached epidemic proportions. National agencies and treatment centers are actively searching for answers. Dr. Lyles addresses the scope of the problem, examines some of the underlying causes, and looks at the human toll, as well as the devastating effects on normal brain functioning.

Runtime: 44 minutes 16 seconds

OPAD 102: The Opioid Crisis: A Christian Counseling Response: Part I

David Jenkins, Psy.D. and Linda Mintle, Ph.D.

Understanding the current opioid crisis is critical to developing an overall strategy for comprehensive outreach and care. Dr. Jenkins and Dr. Mintle review emerging trends leading to addiction, the addiction process, the use of certain medications, and how opioid use has impacted individuals, families, churches, and entire communities.

Runtime: 45 minutes 26 seconds

OPAD 103: The Opioid Crisis: A Christian Counseling Response: Part II

David Jenkins, Psy.D. and Linda Mintle, Ph.D.

In Part II, Dr. Jenkins and Dr. Mintle continue their discussion of opioid addiction and also explore various treatment options and proper protocols for pain management, including non-pharmacological strategies. A discussion on prevention, the role of faith, and the potential influence of faith in the recovery from addiction for a Christian client.

Runtime: 1 hour 0 minutes 59 seconds

Continuing Education

2.50 CE Credits available for LPC, LMFT, LSW.

3.00 CE Credits available for IBCC Credential Holders.

The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) offers some psychologists, therapists, counselors, social workers and play therapists Continuing Education (CE) credit due for good standing with certain states and a limited number of professional organizations. It remains the responsibility of each participant to be aware of state licensure and CE requirements. Participants should check their state and/or local regulations regarding required continuing education hours. For more information Light University Continuing Education programs, please visit: