Pain Management and Opioid Addiction
What Is Opioid Addiction?
Opioid use disorder is a medical condition characterized by a problematic pattern of opioid use that causes clinically significant impairment or distress. It often includes a strong desire to use opioids, increased tolerance to opioids, and withdrawal syndrome when opioids are abruptly discontinued. Addiction and dependence are components of a substance use disorder and addiction represents the most severe form of the disorder. Opioid dependence can manifest as physical dependence, psychological dependence, or both.
Opioids include substances such as morphine, heroin, codeine and oxycodone. These can be bought illegally or prescribed. The diagnosis of opioid use disorder is often based on criteria by the American Psychiatric Association in the DSM-5. These include a preoccupation with a desire to obtain and take opioids, as well as using more than intended despite social and professional consequences due to these behaviors.
What Is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is any pain that lasts for more than three months. The pain can become progressively worse and reoccur intermittently, outlasting the usual healing process. After injured tissue heals, pain is expected to stop once the underlying cause is treated, according to conventional ideas of pain.
Articles About Opioid Addiction & Chronic Pain
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Drug Addiction Statistics In The U.S. We are a nation in crisis. There is hardly a family that has not been affected by addiction. The statistics on the matter of opioids, alcohol and marijuana are alarming: 105 American lives are lost each day to an opioid-related...read more
We are a nation in crisis. There is hardly a family that has not been affected by addiction. The statistics on the matter of opioids, alcohol and marijuana are alarming - 105 American lives are lost each day to an opioid-related overdose, 1 in 8 Americans experience...read more
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Additional Resources on Pain Management & Opioid Addiction
Podcast: How To Cope With Chronic Pain
Many More People Seek Medical Help For Opioid Abuse — on NPR.org
Treating pain without feeding addiction: Study shows promise of non-drug pain management – on ScienceDaily.com
The Other Tragedy Behind Prince’s Death — on CNN.com
USDA chief Tom Vilsack targets rural opioid problem — on KnoxNews.com
How Bad is the Opioid Epidemic? — on PBS.org
Why the Pain Drug That Killed Prince Can Be Especially Dangerous — on ScientificAmerican.com
This is a great PDF from Scientific American called It’s Chemistry, Not Character