611 W. Union Street
Benson, AZ 85602
(520) 586-0800

Health Choice Integrated Care crisis Line
1-877-756-4090

NurseWise 24-Hour Crisis Line
1-866-495-6735

NAZCARE Warm Line
1-888-404-5530



SEABHS
611 W. Union Street
Benson, AZ 85602
(520) 586-0800

NurseWise 24-Hr Crisis Line
1-866-495-6735

NAZCARE Warm Line
1-888-404-5530


powered by centersite dot net

Getting Started
Here are some forms to get started. These can be printed and brought with you so that you can pre-fill out some known info ahead of time. More...


Addictions
Resources
Basic Information
What is Addiction?What Causes Addiction?How Do You Get Addicted?Signs and Symptoms of AddictionTreatment for AddictionReferencesResourcesFrequentlly Asked Questions about Addiction
TestsLatest News
Do Energy Drinks + Booze = More Injuries?7 in 10 U.S. Workplaces Hit by Opioid Abuse: SurveySome Docs May Help Fuel Opioid Abuse EpidemicNIAAA Two-Question Alcohol Screen Valid in Pediatric ERsScientists Spot 'Teetotaler' GeneDiscussing Opioid Risks With Patients Reduces MisuseU.S. Surgeon General Declares War on AddictionOpioid Epidemic Costs U.S. $78.5 Billion Annually: CDCSmokers' Perceptions May Play Role in AddictionFDA: Opioids Plus Sedatives Pose Fatal OD RiskAlcohol, Obesity Could Raise Esophageal Cancer RiskSmoke Less, Drink Less?Programs to Spot Painkiller Abuse Work, But Are UnderusedTighter Opioid Laws in U.S. Haven't Eased MisusePatients Often Prescribed Extra Painkillers, Many Share ThemNew Synthetic Drug Linked to Dozens of Deaths Across U.S.Many Addicts Going Without Meds That Curb Opioid AbuseLong-Term Pot Use Tied to Gum Disease in StudyProbuphine Implant Approved for Opioid DependenceHepatitis C Patients More Likely to Drink, Study FindsMarriage a Buffer Against Drinking Problems?More Bars, More Ambulance CallsStoned Stoners OK With Driving While HighChronic Pain May Trigger Many Cases of Painkiller Addiction: SurveyPot-Linked Fatal Car Crashes Doubled in One State After LegalizationAddicts Using Diarrhea Drug Imodium to Get HighPainkiller Addiction Relapse More Likely for SomeOpioid Painkiller May Be New Treatment for Heroin AddictsGenetic Factors Associated With Cannabis Dependence IdentifiedGenes May Link Risks for Pot Use, DepressionObama Administration Steps Up Efforts to Beat Painkiller, Heroin Epidemic
Questions and AnswersLinksBook ReviewsSelf-Help Groups
Related Topics

Anxiety Disorders
Depression: Depression & Related Conditions
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Chronic Pain May Trigger Many Cases of Painkiller Addiction: Survey

HealthDay News
by -- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
Updated: May 12th 2016

new article illustration

THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic pain may be a major driver behind the recent surge in addiction to prescription painkillers, a new survey finds.

Opioid addiction and prescription drug abuse in the United States are among the country's biggest public health threats, the researchers said. And, more than eight in 10 people abusing prescription drugs said they were doing so to treat pain.

"While the association between chronic pain and drug addiction has been observed in prior studies, this study goes one step further to quantify how many of these patients are using these substances specifically to treat chronic pain," said study corresponding author Dr. Daniel Alford.

"It also measures the prevalence of chronic pain in patients who screen positive for illegal drug use and prescription drug abuse," Alford said in a Boston University news release. He is director of the Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education program at the university's medical school

For the study, the researchers screened roughly 25,000 patients for abuse of prescription medications and illegal drug use. From this group, 589 met the criteria for substance abuse.

This group was then asked about chronic pain, as well as their use of prescription or illegal drugs, or heavy alcohol consumption.

The researchers found that 87 percent reported chronic pain. About half of those who faced chronic pain said their discomfort was severe, the researchers found.

Eighty-one percent of those misusing prescription drugs said they were treating pain. A similar number -- 79 percent -- abused alcohol in an attempt to dull their pain, the study revealed.

Among the participants who used illegal drugs, 51 percent said they used at least one drug specifically to reduce their pain, the study said.

The researchers said their findings suggest that drug- and alcohol-abuse counseling strategies should consider if people turned to these substances to manage pain.

"Pain should be treated as part of the long-term strategy for recovery," said Alford. "If drugs are being used to self-medicate pain, patients may be reluctant to decrease, stop or remain abstinent if their pain symptoms are not adequately managed with other treatments including non-medication-based treatments."

Results of the study were published in the May issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse provides more information on drug abuse and addiction.