Dr. Robert T. Cochran, Jr. has treated thousands of patients suffering from chronic pain and psychiatric disorders. With that experience, he wrote three books. Each of the books explain how he discovered a connection between chronic pain and psychiatric disorders and drugs, he says, can cure them – opioids. The doctor’s first book, “Understanding Chronic Pain: A Doctor Talks to His Patients,” was written in 2004. The book discusses how pain, depression, childhood trauma, substance abuse and bipolar disease are all connected. Soon after, Dr. Cochran wrote his second book titled, “Curing Chronic Pain: Stories of Hope and Healing.” This book is filled heart-felt stories from Dr. Cochran’s patients who are suffering from the illnesses. The book also highlights the doctor’s compassion for his patients; he’s openly expressing how he feels while treating them.
Now, here is where a possible “Conspiracy Theory” might creep in…In 2012 Dr. Cochran wrote his most controversial book covering his most controversial treatment and study. He began treating patients suffering from Bipolar disorders with opiates. Once again he let his patients tell their stories in his newest book “The Opiate Cure: Pain and the Bipolar Spectrum.”, of how this treatment helped them with their Bipolar struggles. As in the previous books Dr. Cochran openly expresses how he feels about his patients and their struggles. And this might be the very spot where the Tennessee Medical Board stepped in and “stepped on” Dr. Cochran’s practice. The board openly expressed its concern with Dr. Cochran’s patients becoming addicted to the opiates that were being given as treatment and this year Dr. Cochran ironically announced his retirement even though he had a FULL practice of over 3,000 patients and in perfect health. Makes you “wonder”..???? One former patient of Dr. Cochran has said that most of his former patients are being referred to Dr. Richard Atkins of Franklin, Tennessee.