DescriptionChronic pain (CP) is at epidemic levels and has become the highest-cost condition in health care. Subsequently, there is now an opioid epidemic, and drug overdose is the leading cause of death from injury in the United States. Management of CP is challenging, and treating opioid use disorder (OUD) along with pain can be even more difficult. However, treatment for both issues can be done successfully when healthcare and behavioral health providers collaborate. In addition, when individuals with pain (with or without co-occurring OUD) take a lead role in their care they have the best treatment outcomes and a reduced risk of drug overdose. Thus, the use of evidence-based interventions like SBIRT (screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) motivational interviewing (MI), mindfulness and building resiliency increases a person’s ability to meet treatment goals, increase acceptance, handle adverse situations, reduce risks related to OUD, and enhance functional ability despite their ongoing pain.
Since understanding the nature of pain and its relationship to trauma and addiction is the foundation to understanding the potential power of resilience, this continuing professional development activity begins with an overview of CP and OUD. Building off this knowledge, faculty will present evidence-based interventions coupled with resiliency-building strategies to address the impact of trauma and adverse experiences on pain and opioid use. Through a blend of experiential and evidence-based teaching strategies, an interprofessional team will discuss the key aspects and connections of CP and OUD and how building resiliency can be applied to self-management to reduce risk factors, enhance protective factors, and manage CP.
Behavioral health professionals including psychologists, social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, substance abuse counselors, and others interested in this topic
- Describe the prevalence, personal impact, and healthcare dilemma associated with CP, OUD and trauma
- Identify evidence-based treatment for pain and OUD that support treatment goals, consider the impact of trauma, and balance risk and benefit
- Demonstrate specific resiliency-building and self-management strategies that can be employed daily to manage CP and OUD symptoms, reduce opioid use, and enhance wellness
- Identify pain management practices and team-based care approaches based on a biopsychosocial model of care, which enables providers and patients access to a full spectrum of pain and OUD treatment options
- Utilize key aspects of CBT, mindfulness, resiliency, and MI/brief action planning to treat CP and/or OUD
- Reduce barriers to pain care and improve the quality of pain care for vulnerable, stigmatized and underserved populations