Pain Management and Addiction

The July issue of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Messenger addresses pain management and substance abuse addiction providing a basic overview of how pain and addiction can intersect and overlap. “Much of the information derives from SAMHSA’s TIP 54 “Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or in Recovery from Substance Use Disorders .”Comorbid chronic pain and SUDs require collaborative care including behavioral health, primary care, and often physical or occupational therapy and a consultation with pharmacy. Contributing to significant health care costs and misuse of services, these conditions will certainly demand that primary care and behavioral health rethink the current silos in which they operate as payment and systems reform unfold.”

Source: Addiction Technology Transfer Center – July 2013