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Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or in Recovery From Substance Use Disorders

Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 54

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Rockville (MD): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (US); .
Report No.: (SMA) 12-4671

Excerpt

The management of chronic noncancer pain (CNCP) in patients with a comorbid substance use disorder (SUD) is challenging for both patients and clinicians; however, it can be done successfully. This TIP advises clinicians to conduct a careful assessment; develop a treatment plan that addresses pain, functional impairment, and psychological symptoms; and closely monitor patients for relapse. Even the best treatment is unlikely to completely eliminate chronic pain, and efforts to achieve total pain relief can be self-defeating. Patients may benefit when clinicians team with other professionals (e.g., psychologists, addiction counselors, pharmacists, holistic care providers). Patients must also assume a significant amount of responsibility for optimal management of their pain. Educating patients, family members, and caregivers in this process, and helping patients improve their quality of life, can be gratifying for everyone involved.

Contents

This publication was prepared for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) by the Knowledge Application Program (KAP), a Joint Venture of The CDM Group, Inc., and JBS International, Inc., under contract numbers 270-04-7049 and 270-09-0307, with SAMHSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Christina Currier served as the Government Project Officer.

Suggested citation:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or in Recovery From Substance Use Disorders. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 54. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 12-4671. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2011.

The views, opinions, and content of this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of SAMHSA or HHS.

Bookshelf ID: NBK92048PMID: 22514862

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