Title

Coexisting Addiction and Pain in People Receiving Methadone for Addiction.

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

4-1-2014

NLM Title Abbreviation

West J Nurs Res

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Western journal of nursing research

PubMed ID

23858068

DOI of Published Version

10.1177/0193945913495315

Abstract

The aim of this qualitative study was to examine the narratives of people who experience chronic pain (lasting 6 months or more) and were receiving methadone for the treatment of their opiate addiction through a major methadone clinic. This paper featured the pathway of how the participants developed chronic pain and addiction, and their beliefs of how prescription opioids would impact their addiction in the future. Thirty-four participants who experienced chronic pain and received methadone for treatment of opiate addiction were willing to tell the story of their experiences. The findings in three areas are presented: (a) whether participants experienced addiction first or pain first and how their exposures to addictive substances influenced their experiences, (b) the significance of recreational drug use and patterns of abuse behaviors leading to chronic pain, and (c) participants' experiences and beliefs about the potential for abuse of prescription opioid used for treatment of pain.

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/2052