Comorbid Substance Use Disorders: Primer for Pain ManagementThis was a review article publish in Practical Pain Management
in March of 2016. It reviews the importance of recognizing and treating substance use disorders when managing pain. It also reviews some of the "soft" variables when it comes to patients being addicted to opioids when they are being prescribed for pain. Dr. Rotchford keeps it simpler: If a patient meets formal criteria for being opiate dependent (addicted) they need to be treated as such with proper medical and behavioral care for both opioid addiction and chronic pain management.