Sometimes when people are taking opiate medication for years or more they can easily start having different problems. One of the problems with opiates is many people start developing a tolerance to the medication and start needing more and more to get their pain relief. As the dose goes up so do the side effects—especially constipation. Then people need medication for that. Finally many people also develop a condition called opiate-induced hyperalgesia—or a hypersensitivity to pain signals is the result.
Part of the solution is having a psychosocial assessment including looking for signs of medication abuse or addiction. Even though best practice principles for chronic pain management is an integrated bio-psycho-social approach as noted by the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Academy of Pain Management and the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Unfortunately, many insurance companies balk at covering those types of pain management interventions. This leads to significant problems for many people in the long run.
That’s why I developed the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System that has three core components: (1) Effective and Safe Medication Management; (2) Non-pharmacological and holistic pain management interventions; and (3) Addressing the psychological/emotional components of the chronic pain.
Check out my video below to learn more.
You can learn about the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System at our website www.addiction-free.com. If you are working with people undergoing chronic pain management and want to learn how to develop a plan for managing their chronic pain and coexisting psychological disorders; including depression, addiction and other coexisting psychological disorders effectively; please consider my book Managing Pain and Coexisting Disorders: Using the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System. To purchase this book please Click Here.
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