From SPPAN: Advocacy Results in Improved Pain Policies During 2015

by the State Pain Policy Advocacy Network, a project of the American Academy of Pain Management From the moment that legislation is introduced until its passage, and throughout the rule-making processes that implement those laws, the American Academy of Pain Management and SPPAN are constantly evaluating proposed policies and offering feedback in an effort to […]

What’s the Goal? Relieving Pain, or Relieving Suffering?

by Bob Twillman, Executive Director of the Academy of Pain Management Over the past few months, I’ve been pondering the relationship between the need to manage pain and the need to prevent and treat substance abuse and addiction. Often, we hear these two tasks presented as if they are part of a “zero sum game”—that […]

Cognitive Reappraisal as a Mechanism of Action in Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Substance Use Disorders

By Bruce F. Singer, PsyD Years ago, while working at a chronic pain residential clinic in California, I found myself trying to explain the benefits of a mindfulness meditation practice to a stocky man in his late 30s who had been injured while working as a truck driver for a concrete company. The more I […]

Understanding and Treating Migraines Using Nutrients and Herbals: A Focus on Eastern Medicine

By Trupti Gokani, MD Migraine is more common than asthma and diabetes combined (1), with 36 million sufferers in the United States. Moderate to severe episodes of pain are often associated with nausea and sensitivities to light, sound, and/or smell. While abortive and preventative medications are available, many seek non-medication approaches such as natural supplements, […]

Complications of Chronic Opioid Therapy

By Jeffrey A. Gudin, MD, and Adam Laitman, MD While much of the focus in the lay press and medical literature has been on abuse, addiction, and accidental deaths with opioids—and justifiably so—there are other complications of opioids that should be considered before starting or continuing chronic opioid therapy. When determining whether a patient is […]