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Use of non-pharmacological strategies for pain relief in addiction treatment patients with chronic pain.

Lin LA, Bohnert ASB, Jannausch M, Goesling J, Ilgen MA. Use of non-pharmacological strategies for pain relief in addiction treatment patients with chronic pain. The American journal on addictions. 2017 Sep 1; 26(6):564-567.

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: We examined use of non-pharmacological treatments for pain in addiction treatment patients. METHODS: Patients in addiction treatment with chronic pain (N? = 501) were classified based on use of non-pharmacological pain treatments. Demographic and clinical correlates were compared. RESULTS: A total of 49% (N? = 243) of patients used a non-pharmacological treatment in the past year versus 72% (N? = 361) who used opioids. Non-pharmacological treatment users were more likely to use opioids and other pain medications. CONCLUSIONS: Non-pharmacological treatments are less commonly used than opioids by addiction treatment patients. SCIENTIFIC SIGNIFICANCE: Findings highlight the need to better understand pain treatment decision-making among addiction treatment patients. (Am J Addict 2017;26:564-567).

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