An Excerpt on Addiction – by Dan Mager, MSW — Author of Some Assembly Required – A Balanced Approach to Recovery from Addiction and Chronic Pain

Addiction begins with the mood-changing effects of substances. At first, people often experience positive effects by using drugs to change the way they feel. Through using they feel “good” or “better.” Many drugs of abuse produce distinct feelings of pleasure, some of which are especially striking and powerful. Using helps people temporarily avoid or lessen…

Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM on Co-occurring Chronic Pain and Addiction

By themselves, addiction and chronic pain can be debilitating. When brought together, they comprise extremely complicated co-occurring disorders. Addiction is among the most serious public health problems in the United States. In 2010, an estimated 22.1 million persons aged twelve or older were classified with substance dependence or abuse in the past year—8.7 percent of…