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Pain Recovery in Addiction: Strategies to Improve Pain, Quality of Life and Maintain Sobriety

Virtual Event

October 23, 2020 @ 9:00 am 11:00 am

Pain Recovery in Addiction: Strategies to Improve Pain, Quality of Life and Maintain Sobriety

Presented By Lakeview Health

Daniel Leavins, DMSc, MSHA, PA-C

WORKSHOP OVERVIEW

Pain is common in addictive disorders. It is important to address ongoing chronic pain in recovery as this can be a trigger for relapse. There are many different types of pain, with different manifestations. Additionally, chronic pain is more complex than on which the Cartesian model, our current medical model, is based. Chronic pain is now considered a disease state with multiple inputs creating neuro-signatures or maps of pain in the brain.

Pain has roots in the same neurochemical and neurobiological pathways as addiction does in the brain. Hence, both disorders can co-exist and exacerbate each other.

Treatment for chronic pain should include approaching chronic pain from multiple angles, in an effort to reduce the alarm system in the body and brain that is constantly going off during chronic pain.  Treatment strategies to aid with chronic pain and maintain sobriety should include non-narcotic pain medications, mindfulness, movement, and psychotherapy.

WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES

Objectives:

  • Define the history of opioids, pain theory and the different types of pain
  • Review the Neuroscience of Pain
  • Review the Neuroscience of Addiction
  • Understand how to assess chronic pain in addiction
  • Identify strategies to treat pain and aid with maintaining sobriety

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – “Pain Recovery in Addiction: Strategies to Improve Pain, Quality of Life and Maintain Sobriety

We have applied to the NC Substance Abuse
Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB) for
approval of 2 substance abuse specific credits.

About the Presenter

Daniel Leavins, DMSc, MSHA, PA-C

Daniel Leavins, DMSc,MSHA,PA-c is a physician assistant affiliated with Lakeview Health in Jacksonville, Florida.  He attended Florida State University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of St. Francis and University of Lynchburg.  He has worked in addiction medicine since 2006 and previously interventional pain management from 2000-2006.  PA Leavins is responsible for providing both addiction and pain management services at Lakeview Health.