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 dependencepsychological dependence, or both.

Opioids include substances such as morphineheroincodeine 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

The Big Green Rush – Has WeHo Gone to Pot?

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Holiday Rush: Teens & Pharm Parties

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Podcast – Recovery Unscripted, Intervention RoundTable

Recovery Unscripted is a podcast that aims to provide both education and inspiration by exploring different topics through conversations, stories, and insights from a variety of figures. I was recently asked to be part of a panel on interventions and am thankful to...

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Power, Privilege, Payouts: The Enablers

Susan Sarandon’s character on the hit Showtime series Ray Donovan is one of the most powerful Machiavellian if not the most powerful studio head in the movie industry. Samantha Winslow, the character’s name, yields tremendous power as a media mogul and has final say...

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How Families Can Help Deal with Drug Addiction

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...

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Additional Resources on Pain Management & Opioid Addiction

Podcast: How To Cope With Chronic Pain

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