Freedom From Chronic Pain Suffering: Managing Pain and Coexisting Disorders
Chronic pain is an incapacitating medical condition that includes many treatment challenges. Many healthcare providers struggle to adequately support patients living with chronic pain and coexisting conditions such as substance use disorders and other mental health conditions, including trauma disorders, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, sleep disorders, and other psychosocial and psychological problems.
Chronic pain patients have acute treatment needs, and the use of opioid analgesics has contributed to an overreliance on opioids in America, contributing to the opioid epidemic. Treatment outcomes are improved when providers are aware of the obstacles facing patients living with chronic pain and coexisting disorders.
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 unmanaged 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 may not be adequately managed, further contributing to treatment failures. This course will educate participants about the factors and underlying problems and obstacles that contribute to the complexity inappropriately treating individuals with chronic pain disorders.
When working with people suffering from chronic pain it is crucial to be aware of the cultural and family dynamics that could sabotage effective treatment. This workshop addresses these types of obstacles and covers recommended interventions needed for positive treatment outcomes.
- Discuss two or more reasons why the biomedical approach alone may be ineffective for the low outcome subset of chronic pain patients with coexisting disorders.
- List three or more financial, familial, or societal costs often experienced by patients experiencing chronic pain and coexisting disorders.
- Identify three or more of the most common coexisting disorders chronic pain patients experience.
- List three or more common obstacles facing patients with chronic pain and coexisting disorders.
- Describe two or more common self-defeating reactions people living with chronic pain and coexisting disorders exhibit that may negatively influence treatment outcomes.
Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, LMFT, & Licensed Professional Counselors
Content level: Beginner to intermediate
2 CE hour credits approved by NAADAC, ASWB, & NBCC
- Lectures 2
- Quizzes 1
- Duration 2 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 1000
- Certificate Yes
- Assessments Self