Pain and Addiction: A Clinical Path To Mindfulness

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By Esteban Toledo Carrion, M.D.

Addiction Psychiatry Fellow, Boston University School of Medicine

Sponsoring organization: American Psychiatric Association (APA)

Clinical Vignette Description:

  • Substance use disorders have a high co-morbid rate of mental illness.
  • Chronic pain requires a holistic assessment and treatment approach.
  • Pharmacological treatment of substance use disorders can potentially address pain as well.
  • Mindfulness can contribute to the reduction of pain and overall improved mental health.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Identify patients at risk or with an active substance use disorder
  2. Rcognize other co-morbidities that may be contributing to substance use
  3. Discuss the neuro-psychology of pain
  4. Identify non-pharmacological interventions for pain

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