Treating pain without opioids

three, six and 12 months.

The study’s 129 participants, mostly 40- to 50-something-year-old males, were receiving outpatient rehab treatment in a cognitive behavioral treatment-based, non-abstinence setting at the Ann Arbor VA.

The ImPAT subjects, who were also treated for addiction, experienced a decrease in pain and an increased ability to function, as well as a reduction in alcohol use compared to the second group of veterans — though the study’s authors noted both groups still had similar rates of drug use.

The study expressed a promising outlook that the low-cost ImPAT approach could be used internationally by addiction rehabilitation centers through proper training of standard psychological techniques.

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A follow-up study is underway and consists of 480 non-veterans in a residential addiction treatment program, which hopes to further solidify its efficacy against a nationwide opioid epidemic.

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Treating pain without opioids
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Treating pain without opioids
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For individuals suffering from chronic pain while also managing a substance use disorder (SUD), the results can be adverse, but non-drug coping mechanisms are essential in avoiding further drug treatment, according to a 2016 study published in the journal Addiction, which explored the efficiency of pain management intervention without using opioids in veterans struggling with addiction.
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