Treating Chronic Pain When There’s Addiction: A Primer
The Carlat Addiction Treatment Report, Volume 6, Number 3&4, May 2018
Michael McGee, MD
Chief medical officer, The Haven at Pismo, Avila Beach, CA. Author of The Joy of Recovery: A Comprehensive Guide to Healing from Addiction (Union Square Publishing)
Dr. McGee has disclosed that he has no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
It can be challenging to manage chronic pain, even more so when our patients suffer from addiction. 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.