Conference Interview #11 of 12
Sarah Anwar, MDLinx
American Psychiatric Association 2018 Annual Meeting
New York, New York, United States | May 05-09, 2018
“It is important to understand how the opioid use disorder emerges, because they will require that you tailor your treatment accordingly,” said Dr. Volkow.
For example, in patients with chronic pain who have developed an addiction due to their pain, psychiatrists must manage both the pain and the addiction. In depressed patients, who become addicted, both depression and addiction.
“If you don’t manage the depression, it will be very difficult for that patient to achieve recovery and to basically forgo the use of the opioids, which they are using to auto-medicate the depression,” said Dr. Volkow.