Chronic Pain and Addiction: Challenging Co-occurring Disorders

Abstract—Chronic pain is commonly treated by prescribing an opiate medication. For those suffering from both chronic pain and substance dependence, barriers to adequate pain management increase. This often causes both disorders to exacerbate one another. Effective treatment may also be hampered by opiate-induced hyperalgesia, tolerance, physical dependence, “chemical coping,” and diminished physical and emotional functioning.…


Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM will be presenting at the Hawaii Asscociation of Addiction and Drug Abuse Counselors Conference

This upcoming conference promises to offer cutting-edge information on Pain, Co-Occurring Disorders, and Prescription Drugs. The conference on Maui will be held at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort (the Maui Prince Hotel) on October 11th and 12th.  The conference will then continue on Oahu on October 15th and 16th at Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki.…


The Cure is Worse Than the Pain – By Suzanne Riss – Together – A Voice For Health & Recovery

The abuse of prescription pain medicine is epidemic, especially among adolescents. Dr. Mel Pohl, medical director of the Las Vegas Recovery Center, and one of the nation’s leaders in studying prescription abuse, has successfully treated patients and his own chronic pain without dangerous mediciness. We need to rethink how we approach pain, he says.