218 – Opioids and Chronic Pain

Uncoupling A Deadly Dyad  
Martha Teater & Don Teater

The opioid epidemic is spilling into consulting rooms as more therapists encounter clients overusing these dangerous medicines to treat their chronic pain. Although behavioral interventions are the treatment of choice for pain, prescriptions for opioids—the least effective and riskiest treatment option—continue to rise. Led by a therapist and a physician, this workshop digs into the epidemic, and the mindfulness and CBT approaches that bring dramatic improvements to people with pain. You’ll discover:

  • What’s behind the opioid misuse/chronic pain link and how to reduce your clients’ reliance on opioids
  • How to better understand and address clients’ fears and feelings by recognizing the intersecting neurophysiology of pain and opioid misuse
  • How to help clients use cutting-edge, evidence-based tools to treat chronic pain, like modifying thought distortions, de-catastrophizing, imagery and breathing


Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LPC, LCAS, NCC, leads workshops in DSM-5, trauma, and disaster mental health. She’s the coauthor of Overcoming Compassion Fatigue, and with Don Teater, Treating Chronic Pain: Pill-Free Approaches to Move People from Hurt to Hope.

Don Teater, MD, MPH, owner of Teater Health Solutions and a family physician, is focused on opioid misuse and overdose, and trains physicians across the country to properly treat pain.

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