Chronic pain is an incapacitating medical condition that includes many treatment challenges. Many healthcare providers struggle with adequately support patients living with chronic pain and coexisting conditions such as substance use disorders and other mental health conditions. You will see how these coexisting disorders including trauma disorders, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, sleep disorders, and other psychosocial and psychological problems can be obstacles to positive treatment outcomes.
Historically, when individuals struggling with chronic pain and comorbid addictive disorders enrolled in focused chronic pain management programs, they often failed due to under-managed or un-managed symptoms of substance use disorders or mental health disorders. Additionally, chronic pain patients who go through a typical addiction treatment program may be seen as “drug seeking/med seeking” and their pain is may not be adequately managed, further contributing to treatment failures. This presentation focuses on the factors and underlying problems and obstacles that contribute to the complexity in appropriately treating individuals with chronic pain with coexisting disorders.
When working with people suffering with chronic pain it is crucial to be aware of the biological, psychological, cultural and family, and Spiritual dynamics that could sabotage effective treatment. This presentation addresses these types of obstacles and covers recommended interventions needed for positive treatment outcomes. This presentation talks about the implementation of a research supported, multidisciplinary, and integrated pain management approach that will increase positive treatment outcomes, and will also cover the components that are necessary to treat the synergistic symptoms of pain and coexisting disorders including Biological, Psychological, Social/Cultural, and Spiritual. This course also explores the various ways patients with chronic pain and coexisting disorders get stuck and give up. It outlines the importance of developing a treatment plan that instills balance.