Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or in Recovery From Substance Use Disorders

Chronic noncancer pain (CNCP) is common in the general population as well as in people who have a substance use disorder (SUD). Chronic pain is not harmless; it has physiological, social, and psychological dimensions that can seriously harm health, functioning, and well-being. As a multidimensional condition with both objective and subjective aspects, CNCP is difficult to assess and treat. Although CNCP can be managed, it usually cannot be completely eliminated. When patients with CNCP have comorbid SUD or are recovering from SUD, a complex condition becomes even more difficult to manage.

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