The Problem of Chronic Pain and Addiction and Its Treatment

  • Carl R. Sullivan, M.D.

    This presentation will focus on the interface of chronic pain and drug addiction as a frequently encountered clinical problem. Historical content will be supplied. A discussion will be presented regarding identifying the “high risk” patient.

    Goals and Objectives

    By the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

    1. discuss the history of chronic pain and addiction as a problem;
    2. relate similarities between chronic pain and addiction;
    3. identify the high risk patient.

    Presentation Outline

    1. History of Chronic Pain Treatment as is related to prescription opioid epidemic
    2. Chronic Pain as a Disease State
      1. Gate Theory
      2. Secondary Gain of Pain
    3. Addicting Drugs and Chronic Pain
    4. Identifying the High Risk Patient
    5. Treatment Options