People With Chronic Pain and Disability
Self-Managed Chronic Pain Management Plan
These resources will help you create a chronic pain management plan with your provider and adjust the plan, as needed. The resources include information about how to develop a chronic pain management plan; pain self-management strategies to improve your social, physical, and emotional well-being; and how to talk with your provider about your chronic pain management needs.
- Moving From the Cycle of Pain to a Cycle of Wellness
- Get information on: Chronic pain self-management and strategies for managing pain.
- Developing a Plan for Self-Management of Pain
- Get information on: Self-care for chronic pain, pain management plans, goal setting and pacing.
- Communicating With Your Provider to Manage Chronic Pain
- Get information on: Understanding your pain, establishing priorities, developing and adjusting your chronic pain plan as well as action steps for safer opioid use.
- Methods for Managing Chronic Pain Other Than Medication
- Get information on: Benefits, risks and research results of exercise, yoga, meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture and massage to manage chronic pain.
People may take opioids as one part of their chronic pain management plan. These resources provide helpful information and tips about how to work with your provider for safer opioid use, talking with your provider about opioids, and signs of an opioid use problem.
- Understanding Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Use Disorder
- Get information on: Understanding the 4Cs of addiction—craving opioids, compulsive use of opioids, decreased control over opioid use, continued use despite harm; physical changes that happen when someone takes opioids for a while; and what to do if a person or family member is concerned about opioid use disorder.
- Communicating With Your Provider for Better Pain Management and Safer Opioid Use
- Get information on: What your provider needs to know to prescribe opioids more safely, using opioids long term, and changes to your plan.
These resources provide information about how opioid use disorder (addiction) is treated and the different types of addiction treatment services. Resources also cover what to look for in an addiction treatment program and how to find treatment services that can accommodate your needs. Families will find information on myths and facts about addiction, tips to help someone who is going through addiction treatment, and where family members can go for emotional support.
- How Opioid Use Disorder Is Treated
- Get information on: Path to recovery, how opioid addiction is treated, where to find treatment for opioid addiction, medication to treat opioid addiction, peer recovery support, peer recovery support, and more intensive sources of addiction treatment.
- Answers to Common Questions About Accessing Opioid Use Disorder Treatment
- Get information on: How long addiction treatment takes, insurance coverage for addiction treatment, accessible addiction treatment programs, and ensuring the addition treatment program can meet your needs.
- How Family and Friends Can Support Recovery From Opioid Use Disorder
- Get information on: Myths and facts about addiction, how families and friends can help addiction recovery, and suicide awareness.
- General Information on What to Look For in an Intensive Addiction Treatment Program
- Get information on: Common treatments for opioid addiction, types of intensive addiction treatment programs, evaluating intensive treatment programs, and what to look for in a licensed addiction treatment program.
- Accommodations to Look For in Substance Use Treatment Programs
- Get information on: Approaches to enable full participation in opioid addiction treatment, and disability-specific approaches to enable full participation in opioid addiction treatment.
The Knowledge Hub was developed under grant 90DPGE0006 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents of these resources do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, and HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.