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This series of three accredited webinars will focus on recent evidence and advances impacting clinical practice in chronic pain and dependency.
In many cases, opioids are an effective therapy for the management of moderate-to-severe chronic pain. Although popular belief often exaggerates the relationship between opioids and addiction, the risk does exist. It is necessary, therefore, for the practitioner to be aware of the latest advances in addiction research, aberrant behaviors that may be indicative of the disease of addiction or which may play a part in the process of drug diversion, and the key clinical challenges when managing pain and addiction. Additionally, the practitioner must recognize that not all aberrant behaviors are caused by addiction, abuse, or misuse. In particular, pseudoaddiction may lead to symptoms similar to those of addiction, but these behaviors easily resolve upon obtaining adequate pain management. It is the right of every patient to receive adequate pain management; the pain practitioner is better able to fulfill this patient right when aberrant behaviors are appropriately addressed.
The three topics to be discussed in this series include:
- Clinical Aspects of Risk Management in Opioid Prescribing
- Neurobiology, Genetics, and Neuroimaging
- Challenges in Clinical Practice
IAPCD is pleased to offer Advances in Pain and Addiction, a set of three webinars developed to highlight and discuss these important issues in chronic pain management and addiction medicine.
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