Treatment and Addiction
Healthcare providers have long struggled with how best to treat patients who suffer from chronic pain.
Chronic Pain Treatment and Addiction
Healthcare providers have long struggled with how best to treat patients who suffer from chronic pain, roughly 116 million in this country. Their dilemma stems from the potential risks involved with long-term treatment, such as the development of drug tolerance (and the need for escalating doses), hyperalgesia (increased pain sensitivity), and addiction. Estimates of addiction among chronic pain patients vary, from about 3 percent to 40 percent. This variability is the result of differences in treatment duration, insufficient research on long-term outcomes, and disparate study populations and measures used to assess abuse or addiction.
To mitigate addiction risk, physicians should screen patients for potential risk factors, including personal or family history of drug abuse or mental illness. Monitoring patients for signs of abuse is also crucial, and yet some indicators can signify multiple conditions, making accurate assessment challenging. Early or frequent requests for prescription pain medication refills, for example, could represent illness progression, the development of drug tolerance, or the emergence of a drug problem.
At FCCR, we will partner with referring physicians to assess and provide treatment resources for those chronic pain clients who become dependent upon their prescription pain medication. FCCR is not a chronic pain treatment facility, however will work with your physicians to ensure that the prescription dependency is properly treated.
The FCCR psychiatric and nursing staff will provide an assessment to determine if prescription addiction has become an issue. They will discuss treatment options with the client and the referring physician.
Ongoing chronic pain can cause or worsen a client’s depression. The FCCR psychiatrists are able to address the depression and anxiety while we work to resolve the addiction to prescription pain medication.
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