July 26, 2014 | 12:00am CDT

Walking the Tightrope of Pain Management & Addiction: Using the Addiction-Free Pain Management System

With Ellen Grinstead, CEC, CAPMS

Healthcare and treatment providers are on the front line to accurately assess, intervene upon and develop appropriate treatment plans for the chemically impaired patient with a chronic pain condition. This can become more difficult when prescription drug abuse/addiction are present often because of a mismanaged chronic pain condition that may be either under treated or over treated or even misdiagnosed. According to the Institute of Medicine there are over 100 million people in the U.S. living with chronic pain. Using a conservative 10% estimate, research shows that over 10 million chronic pain sufferers experience substance use disorders—dependence, abuse, pseudoaddiction or addiction. Therefore, a focus of this webinar will look at addressing prescription drug abuse for chronic pain patients using a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach.

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