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Attitude and Action: Changing to Improve Pain Management

Pain medication addiction is more often a response to emotional pain than physical pain. Changing your expectations toward life or your responses to it may help you reduce the amount of pain medication you "need" or help you avoid abusing it altogether. Read More

Pain management

Thank you for reminding us that the majority of folk who use pain meds to reduce genuine physical pain don't become addicts. Excessive use of pain meds does not in and of itself cause addictions. People who go onto more dangerous, addictive drugs have deeper emotional problems that pain meds help quell.

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Constance Scharff, Ph.D. is the Senior Addiction Research Fellow and Director of Addiction Research at Cliffside Malibu Treatment Center.

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