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SAMHSA Bulletin

Date: 3/23/2012 10:00 AM
Media Contact: SAMHSA Press Office
Telephone: 240-276-2130

New manual provides guidance in managing chronic pain in adults with or in recovery from substance use disorders



Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or in Recovery From Substance Use Disorders
, is a new manual developed to equip clinicians with practical guidance and tools for treating chronic noncancer pain in adults with histories of substance use disorders . The manual was developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The manual is one of the latest in the Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) series. TIPs are best-practice guidelines developed by SAMHSA to help provide state-of-the-art information to behavioral health care providers about effective treatment approaches.

This TIP is organized into two parts:

·        Part 1. Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or in Recovery From Substance Use Disorders

·        Part 2. Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or in Recovery From Substance Use Disorders: A Review of the Literature

Part 1 is for primary care providers, addiction specialists, and other clinicians who either treat or are likely to treat adult patients with or in recovery from substance use disorders who also have chronic noncancer pain. By providing a shared basic understanding of and a common language for these two chronic conditions, this TIP facilitates cooperation and communication between healthcare professionals treating pain and those treating addiction.

Part 2 is an online literature review for clinical supervisors, program administrators, and counselors interested in reviewing the medical literature on which this TIP is based. The literature review, available at http://www.kap.samhsa.gov, will be updated every 6 months for 5 years following publication of this TIP.


TIP 54: Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or in Recovery From Substance Use Disorders is available on the web at http://kap.samhsa.gov/products/manuals/tips/pdf/TIP54.pdf

Printed copies may be obtained free of charge by contacting SAMHSA’s Health Information Network by ordering online at http://kap.samhsa.gov/products/manuals/tips/numerical.htm or by calling at 1-877-SAMHSA-7 (1-877-726-4727). Request inventory number (SMA) 12-4671. For related publications and information, visit http://www.samhsa.gov/.


SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.



Last updated: 3/23/2012 10:01 AM

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