No one wants to be addicted to opioids, yet many people become dependent on them to relieve pain. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, roughly 21 to 29 percent of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them, and between 8 and 12 percent develop an opioid addiction.*

One emerging way of treating addiction is to understand the lived experience—that is, the personal knowledge of those who become dependent on opioids.

Come hear Joy Redstone, LCSW, CAC III, describe her own lived experience as a chronic pain sufferer and how she uses this insight to support patients recovering from opioid addiction, especially those with chronic pain. She will also discuss alternatives to opioids for pain management.

* Our email from 10.08.19 regarding this lecture incorrectly stated that more than 10 percent of people who take opioids for chronic pain become addicted over time.

Sponsored by the Opioid and Chronic Pain Response Program


Joy Redstone, LCSW, CAC III, director of Naropa Community Counseling


Thursday, Oct. 17, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.


Della Cava Family Medical Pavilion
4801 Riverbend Road
(1st floor conference room)
Boulder, CO

Parking available in the adjacent parking structure.

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