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Cognitive behavioral therapy for chronic pain -- can CBT help fight the Opioid epidemic?

(Wolters Kluwer Health) By teaching patients better strategies for coping with chronic pain, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a valuable treatment alternative for the millions of Americans taking opioids for noncancer pain, according to an article in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.
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Urine testing for patients with chronic pain has grown explosively amid the opioid epidemic. It costs billions of dollars annually and has raised concerns that some labs and doctors run urine tests needlessly or charge exorbitant rates to boost profits.
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The other opioid epidemic: Chronic pain patients in need of care - Philly Is Dr. Cantor justified believing this?? “There was no good medical reason to taper your medications. They were helpful and weren’t abused. There aren’t new regulations, rather, recommendations about not using higher levels of opioid medications unless there is a compelling reason.... Ira Cantor, MD: "Chronic Pain Patients Need Opioids"
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I am a physician in recovery and just celebrated my fifth-year anniversary on October 11, 2017. While in active addiction, my drugs of choice were benzodiazepines and opioids that I washed down with top-shelf alcohol. Near the end of my usage, I was diverting scheduled drugs in order to feed my addiction. After an unsuccessful suicide attempt, I finally admitted myself for treatment. As part of the treatment process, I enrolled with our state’s physician help program (PHP). Because of my diversion, they were obligated to report me to the medical board who in turn suspended my license for six months. After that time p...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Physician Psychiatry Source Type: blogs
Chronic pain epidemic in this era questioned the traditional medical definition of pain as a proxy, i. e. nociception of a disease, and precipitated its conceptual migration towards the status as an independent condition threatening population health. Evidences on chronic pain's pathways involving central sensitization and its stronger interaction with perceptual-behavioral characteristics have also been found, discerning it from acute pain mechanisms. To implement such paradigm change to health practice and research, accurate measurement of pain as a psycho-somatic spectrum comprised of individual characteristics in the p...
Source: The Journal of Pain - Category: Materials Science Authors: Source Type: research
WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies selling some of the most lucrative prescription painkillers funneled millions of dollars to advocacy groups that in turn promoted the medications' use, according to a report released Monday by a U.S. senator. The investigation by Missouri's Sen. Claire McCaskill sheds light on the opioid industry's ability to shape public opinion and raises questions about its role in an overdose epidemic that has claimed hundreds of thousands of American lives. Representatives of some of the drugmakers named in the report said they did not set conditions on how the money was to be spent or force the group...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news
Just in time for Valentine's Day, floats in a raft of misleading headlines:Scientists have found the cure for a broken heartPainkillers may also mend a broken heartTaking painkillers could ease heartaches - as well as headachesParacetamol and ibuprofen could ease heartaches - as well as headachesIf Tylenol and Advil were so effective in “mending broken hearts”, “easing heartaches”, and providing a “cure for a broken heart”, we would be a society of perpetually happy automatons, wiping away the suffering of breakup and divorce with a mere dose of acetaminophen. We'd have Tylenol epidemics...
Source: The Neurocritic - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Source Type: blogs
Let’s take back control over personal health. Share this to expose healthcare for the corrupt enterprise it is. Imagine that you receive a letter in the mail stating “In order to retain your right to freedom of speech, you will be billed $10,000 per year every year for the rest of your life.” You would be—-understandably-—outraged. Freedom of speech in America is precious, something Americans have waged wars to defend, something we now view as a basic right, no financial price required to maintain it. It should be free and available to everyone regardless of religion, color, political leanin...
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Psychosocial stress, defined here as socioenvironmental demands that tax the adaptive capacity of the individual (e.g., low socioeconomic status, childhood adversity, bullying), has repeatedly been linked to substance use disorders (SUDs). Neighborhood poverty and social support are shown to influence substance use patterns. Among smokers, multiple psychosocial stressors are associated with relapse, and acute psychosocial stress has been demonstrated to enhance cigarette craving and smoking behavior. Similarly, psychosocial stress has been associated with greater risk of relapse in individuals with alcohol and cocaine use ...
Source: Psychology of Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: blogs
Kudos to Dr. Deer and Dr. Hagedorn. I would love to see others on this forum post and participate. Chronic Pain, the Opioid Epidemic, and the Role of Neuromodulation - Student Doctor Network
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On January 30, 2018, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized the “Opioid Analgesic REMS Education Blueprint for Health Care Providers Involved in the Treatment and Monitoring of Patients with Pain.” The Blueprint includes educational messages for health care providers involved in the treatment and monitoring of patients with pain. It also includes information on pain management, including the principles of acute and chronic pain management; non-pharmacologic treatments for pain; and pharmacologic treatments for pain (non-opioid analgesic and opioid analgesic).  This REMS represents a...
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