Initiating the conversation on the benefits of tapering opioids to a family member can be a difficult one filled with resistance. This resource provides practical and scientific strategies on improving communication with someone who may or may not be interested in tapering off opiates. In this current prescribing environment, providers are urged to consider non-opioid treatments to manage chronic pain when benefits of opioids do not outweigh their risks. Multiple options are available to treat pain without opioid therapy such as acupuncture, physical therapy, and medications that reduce inflammation. These can be utilized within an integrative approach with a focus on behavioral therapies that foster patient buy-in and active participation to improve pain control while reducing opioid dosages.
Access “Navigating Perception and Managing Expectations in a Changing Prescribing Environment: Addressing the Need for an Opioid Taper and Managing the Patient from an Integrative Approach” at: https://pcssnow.org/event/navigating-perception-and-managing-expectations-in-a-changing-prescribing-environment-addressing-the-need-for-an-opioid-taper-and-managing-the-patient-from-an-integrative-approach/