Chronic Pain Management Education While In Substance Abuse Treatment
Chronic pain is a condition that millions of Americans must learn to manage each year. It’s not uncommon for those dealing with chronic pain to be prescribed strong medication to help ease their symptoms. Unfortunately, powerful painkillers carry a major risk of physical dependence and addiction. In other instances, individuals may even find that their pain symptoms worsen as they attempt to reduce the dose of their prescription.
There are treatment centers that can assist chronic pain sufferers who are concerned about their use of prescription pills and are in need of non-narcotic pain treatment, allowing these individuals to circumvent intense withdrawal symptoms and reduce their risk of dependence on substances.
Understanding Chronic Pain and Physical Dependence
Powerful painkillers are extremely effective in relieving patients of intense pain for a short period, such as after major surgery or while recovering from a traumatic injury. Unfortunately, the effectiveness of these drugs begins to wane with time.
Extended use of prescription painkillers can actually decrease the body’s ability to manage pain symptoms naturally. Even worse, prescription painkillers can quickly become addictive if patients mistakenly take too high of a dose or begin to depend on painkillers to manage their chronic pain.
Treatment centers can support our patients by educating them about the nature of physical pain and how painkiller use can lead to addiction. Many offer unique treatment options to help patients to end their dependence on prescription pills and learn to cope with pain naturally.
Chronic vs. Acute Pain
It is important when discussing painkiller addiction to distinguish between chronic and acute pain:
- Acute pain refers to short-term discomfort that results from tissue damage. Working out, basic injuries and other types of trauma can induce acute pain. These symptoms are short-lived, however, as they begin to fade when the body undergoes its natural healing process.
- Chronic pain, meanwhile, refers to long-term pain that persists for weeks, months or years. Such pain can greatly hinder an individual’s ability to live out his or her normal lifestyle, and it eventually leads to emotional and psychological distress.
This distinction is important to note because, as mentioned above, powerful painkillers begin to lose their effectiveness if administered over an extended period of time. Likewise, dependency risks increase the longer and more frequently prescription pills are used to treat pain symptoms.
Using prescription painkillers to treat chronic, long-term pain increases a person’s risk of developing addiction and can limit the patient’s chances of making a full recovery. Comprehensive treatment helps patients identify effective alternatives to treating chronic symptoms with painkillers.
How Our Substance Abuse and Pain Treatment Centers Can Help
The challenges faced by individuals experiencing chronic pain as well as a dependence on prescription pills are complex. That’s why many facilities endeavor to provide clients with a complete set of tools and strategies for returning to a healthy lifestyle, no matter if they are undergoing treatment on an inpatient, outpatient or partial hospitalization basis.
Following a detoxification program, provides patients with a clinical assessment and works with them to create an individualized treatment plan. Holistic therapies and mental health treatment may be incorporated into recovery plans as well.
Therapeutic Holistic Services
Prescription pills become less effective and more dangerous the longer they are administered, so patients can benefit from natural, therapeutic strategies for pain management. Customized treatment plans can help clients combat chronic pain symptoms naturally.
Whether in an inpatient or outpatient setting, the following therapies can be used to treat acute and chronic pain:
- Acupuncture: A treatment that involves pricking the skin and soft tissue with small, specially designed needles in order to alleviate mental, physical and emotional pain.
- Chiropractic Services: Joints are manipulated by a chiropractor in order to help decrease discomfort caused by misalignment.
- Therapeutic Massage: Soft tissues throughout the body are manipulated through a variety of methods in order to release toxins and tension.
- Laser Therapy: A powerful cold beam of light concentrated on a specific area of the body. The beam induces a reaction in the patient’s cells, which reduces pain and inflammation.
- Yoga: This type of therapy is akin to an exercise routine. However, age-old yoga methods also help patients to intensify the mind-body connection while building their strength.
- Meditation: Meditation helps patients deal with stressful situations. Once a client has become skilled at meditation, they are more able to calm the mind manually without resorting to drugs.
Mental Health Services
It is often recognized that clients must be mentally healthy if they hope to manage chronic pain naturally and overcome their dependence on painkillers.
Clients can develop depression and anxiety as they struggle to cope with their chronic physical pain. Alternatively, clients can begin to experience mental health issues after attempting to limit their dosage of painkillers, a direct result of withdrawal symptoms.
Regardless of the source, mental health counseling aims to address these issues directly through:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Individual and Group Counseling
- Trauma Counseling
Every member The Treatment Center staff is dedicated to helping you recover from substance abuse. Our comprehensive approach will allow you to deal with all facets of your addiction simultaneously.
If you’re tired of dealing with pain and addiction all by yourself, please reach out to us. We understand that the challenges facing you may feel overwhelming, and we can answer your questions about recovery, addiction and how to return to a sober, healthy life.
Our admissions counselors are standing by 24/7 to assist you.