Public awareness of addiction has skyrocketed during the American opioid epidemic, but some critical trends among vulnerable populations have not received as much attention. This includes the prevalence of addiction among individuals with disabilities of all sorts.

Some disabilities, chronic pain, in particular, are inexorably linked to the opioid crisis and are a serious consideration for responsible solutions. For example, there is a difficult balance between responsible prescription of opioids and the humane treatment of chronic pain. There are also important issues of accessibility and specialized treatments for those with other types of disabilities.

In this guide, we’ll outline addiction’s connection to three types of disabilities:

  • Chronic pain
  • Movement disorders
  • Learning disabilities

After reading this guide, you’ll understand how each condition relates to drug abuse. You will also understand how treatment works. Let’s get started.


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