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Assessment of Patients with Chronic Pain and Addiction

By: jives | June 2nd , 2019 | The Carlat Psychiatry Blog| 0 Comment

It can be challenging to manage chronic pain, even more so when our patients suffer from addiction, says Michael McGee, MD, Chief Medical Officer, The Haven at Pismo, Avila Beach, CA. We can find ourselves walking a tightrope between the risk of relapse due to the inadequate treatment of pain, and the risk of relapse due to the use of opioid analgesics.

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A Primer on Drug Screening Methods

By: jives | May 27th , 2019 | The Carlat Psychiatry Blog| 0 Comment

Specimens of urine, blood, hair, saliva, sweat and even nails can be used to drug test. Some are more specific, sensitive and accurate than others, says Talia Puzantian, PharmD, BCCP, who goes over the following drug testing methods in The Carlat Addiction Treatment Report: Urine screening is noninvasive and the most-common type of drug test. It’s

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