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West J Nurs Res. 2014 Apr;36(4):534-51. doi: 10.1177/0193945913495315. Epub 2013 Jul 15.

Coexisting addiction and pain in people receiving methadone for addiction.

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1The University of Iowa, USA.


The aim of this qualitative study was to examine the narratives of people who experience chronic pain (lasting 6 months or more) and were receiving methadone for the treatment of their opiate addiction through a major methadone clinic. This paper featured the pathway of how the participants developed chronic pain and addiction, and their beliefs of how prescription opioids would impact their addiction in the future. Thirty-four participants who experienced chronic pain and received methadone for treatment of opiate addiction were willing to tell the story of their experiences. The findings in three areas are presented: (a) whether participants experienced addiction first or pain first and how their exposures to addictive substances influenced their experiences, (b) the significance of recreational drug use and patterns of abuse behaviors leading to chronic pain, and (c) participants' experiences and beliefs about the potential for abuse of prescription opioid used for treatment of pain.


adults; community; health behavior/symptom focus; illicit/illegal pharmaceuticals; location of care; methods; pain; population focus; qualitative; therapeutic medications

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