Deaths related to opioid overdose have reached epidemic levels, and individuals with substance use disorders and chronic illness have been impacted at the highest rates. Due to opioid’s lethality and high potential for addiction, individuals with behavioral health conditions and chronic pain are seeking alternative forms to pain management. 

In this podcast developed by the Program to Achieve Wellness, Jeanne Supin and Teresa Baltzell discuss non-medication support that providers can introduce to individuals with mental illness who experience chronic pain. This episode is part two of a three-part series on chronic pain, and is valuable for primary care providers, behavioral health providers, and individuals with chronic pain who have a behavioral health condition. For more context about the opioid epidemic, risk factors, and alternative forms of pain management, please listen to the first podcast. 

Teresa Baltzell is a licensed acupuncturist with education and clinical experience in bioelectrical medicine, biological medicine, neuroscience, and biofeedback. Jeanne Supin is a behavioral health consultant with decades of experience in numerous alternative therapies. Together, Ms. Baltzell and Ms. Supin discuss the origins of chronic pain and how alternative non-opioid interventions can help relieve pain and promote wellness. These alternative treatments include yoga, aerobic exercise, acupuncture, dietary changes, and massage therapy. 

Listen to the other two episodes in this series: Part 1 | Part 3 

This resource was first shared in 2018. 

(Podcast, YouTube)