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No one wants to live with chronic pain. It certainly justifies the use of prescription painkillers. After all, that’s why doctors prescribe them. However, the use of painkillers mandates that the user exercise responsible behavior. It’s called chronic pain management. However, there is a fine line between using painkillers on a regular basis and the onset of addiction.
Before we proceed further discussion of painkillers, we should note there are other possible ways to treat pain. The list of possible solutions includes:
It’s not unheard of for doctors to try any combination of these options before resorting to painkillers. It’s not that doctors offer painkillers as a last resort, it’s just they are aware of the potential for abuse. If a patient’s pain issues are minor, taking an occasional pill makes sense. However, moderate to severe pain issues will likely require a persistent use of painkillers.
Yes, painkillers also offer the least intrusive option with immediate results. Unfortunately, the results are temporary, requiring yet another pill when the pain returns. It’s this cycle of taking pills that often leads to prescription pill addiction. For the most part, it’s the doctor’s responsibility to monitor a patient’s progress and intake of opioids. However, patients may stray from what their doctor prescribes. This is the wrong kind of chronic pain management, which comes with unwanted repercussions.
When someone has pain issues, doing nothing is not an option. The individual needs a chronic pain management program. There is good news. Many of the nation’s top addiction treatment centers treat both chronic pain issues and addictions to painkillers.
When a patient enters rehab, the priority is to treat the addiction. Given the serious nature of opioid addiction, the facility’s medical staff might prescribe a detox program. The purpose of a detox program is to get the patient off the painkillers they have been abusing. As the patient goes through withdrawal, the medical staff is there to offer some form of pain relief to keep the patient comfortable. With that said, they have to be very selective about which medications and treatments they choose to prescribe.
Once the withdrawal symptoms and cravings have subsided, the patient is ready to start treatment. While they attend therapy chronic pain patients will also be working with the medical staff to create a new chronic pain management program. Again, it makes sense that the doctors will want to try some alternative pain treatment methods. If painkillers remain the only viable option, the patient has to learn how to avoid relapse.
Beaches Recovery treatment center offers a full menu of treatment options. Given the popularity of heroin and painkillers, we currently focus much of our efforts combating those issues. We also help patients with chronic pain issues. We recognize that treating only one of the issues does the patient little good. Here’s a bit more general information about our facility and services:
If your pain issues have led you to addiction, we understand you are in a quandary. You cannot go on living your life as an addict. It’s just too dangerous. At Beaches Recovery, we have good news. We can offer a chronic pain management program while we help you with your addiction. There’s no time to waste. Please pick up the phone and call us immediately at 866-605-0532. With hard work, you can learn to live clean and pain-free.