Published in PR Web, September 27, 2016. View the Press Release Here
MAP Health Management, LLC, released addiction treatment outcomes data that indicates individuals suffering from chronic pain are more receptive to post-treatment recovery support than individuals who do not identify as having chronic pain. This new data challenges the long-held belief that patients suffering from chronic pain are poor candidates for long-term recovery and is particularly promising given that science has demonstrated a connection between individuals experiencing chronic pain and a propensity for problematic opioid use/addiction. (1)
According to Jacob Levenson, CEO of MAP Health Management, “Our data, derived from a five-year collection period, indicates that those who suffer from chronic pain do not need to be held captive by long-term addiction. There has been an incorrect notion that chronic pain sufferers are not good candidates for long-term recovery, when in fact our data demonstrates that they are excellent candidates.”
One particular MAP study specifically looking at 2,726 individuals in the data set, demonstrates that 34% of individuals who participated in an extended care post-treatment support program identified as having chronic pain. These individuals who engaged in post-treatment recovery support had a higher post-treatment completion rate than individuals who did not report having chronic pain. Specifically, of those who successfully completed 12-15 months of post-treatment recovery support, those with chronic pain completed at a 20% higher rate than those without chronic pain. The difference in completion is significant.
“This finding is meaningful and introduces an optimism that was not previously present when treating this population of individuals,” added Levenson.
Extending the care continuum for individuals following the completion of residential treatment significantly improves the likelihood of effectively lowering recidivism and maintaining long-term recovery. Based on widely accepted research, it is known that the risk of relapse decreases following 12 to 18 months of sustained recovery.
Substance Use Disorder, like other chronic diseases, requires an extended, chronic management model rather than an acute model approach. This newly released data demonstrates that patients who suffer from chronic pain show a greater receptivity to both post-treatment support and maintaining long-term recovery – data that contradicts the long-held belief that this subset of patients do not experience a great deal of success in recovery. With so many devastating statistics regarding the effects of the opioid epidemic, this is positive news that chronic pain sufferers can successfully manage their pain and achieve long-term recovery.