Are We Treating Addiction but Sabotaging Pain Management?

As you all know, healthcare professionals, as well as mental health and addiction treatment providers, are often the first ones called upon to assess, intervene upon and develop treatment plans for the impaired patient with a chronic pain condition. According to the following reports, the number of people experiencing chronic pain and coexisting psychological disorders including addiction continues to rise.
In a 2009 report by the Ohio State University Medical Center, researchers found that chronic pain is the most costly health problem in the Uinited States. Increased medical expenses, lost income, lost productivity, compensation payments and legal charges are some of the negative economic consequences.

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