CDC Recommends Behavioral Treatment for Chronic Pain

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently launched a call for the use of behavioral treatments for managing chronic pain instead of, or in addition to, opioid treatments.

According to CDC’s “Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain,” there is little evidence of long-term benefits of opioids for managing chronic pain (i.e. pain lasting more than 3 months). But the CDC points to research showing that cognitive behavioral therapy, mental health counseling, or even a combination of these with nonopioid treatments (e.g. acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy) as effective ways to decrease the risk of opioid co-dependence and potential death. These guidelines, along with the Surgeon General’s recent landmark report on substance use disorders, come at a time of growing concern over the alarmingly high rates of prescribed and illicit opioid abuse in the United States, often resulting in fatal overdoses.

The CDC and Surgeon General’s actions are a promising boost for clinical psychological scientists who help patients manage chronic pain. As APS reported in a November 2015 article in the Observer, psychological researchers have been piloting studies that involve interventions ranging from placebos to virtual-reality technology to leverage the power of perception to muffle pain.


Again all people are impacted by the behavior of a few. The restrictions being imposed on all MD’s
Is an unfair restriction on all- infringing on the Doctor/patient relationship-using the surgeon general as a bully pulpit- Perhaps providing required education on opioids addiction-which most MD’sknow very little about!

It seems as if medicine has gone from one extreme to another. I believe opiates have a place with pain. I also believe a pill no matter how strong is not the total answer to pain relief. Acupunture , mindfulness , massage Reiki all came be helpful Reducing weight and inflammation also . These aren’t quick fixes, not 25 minute chargeable visits..,

having suffered chronic back pain for several years I do not see how removing opiate use and replacing it with therapy ( which I did use ) and aspirin is going to work. The pendulum swings again from treatment to punishment. so few harm so many

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