Mental Health Consult

VIDEO: A case study in managing opioid addiction after a back injury


Has your patient’s opioid use escalated to opioid addiction? How can you tell, and what interventions can you take to help this patient in the context of a 15-minute appointment?

In this edition of Mental Health Consult, our panel discusses their recommendations for workup and next steps for managing a 45-year-old man who has no history of psychiatric disorders and appears to now be dependent on the opioid painkillers that he initially received after a back injury.

Join our panel of experts from George Washington University, Washington, including Daniel Lieberman, MD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences clinical director; April Barbour, MD, MPH, director of the division of general internal medicine; and Lorenzo Norris, MD, medical director of psychiatric and behavioral services, as they discuss how to treat pain medication–related addiction, including when to refer to pain specialists and how various practice models drive treatment decisions and reimbursement.

for a PDF of the case study.

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