Addiction & Chronic Pain?
A vast number of individuals who struggle with addiction often face other conditions that seem to complicate their substance abuse disorder. In some instance, chronic pain or other physical health problem have at time exposed these individuals to addictive prescription drugs to combat the pain. This exposure is often the root to the initial physical dependence linked to their addiction.
Individuals with chronic pain or other physical conditions may have initially began taking the prescriptions to relieve their pain, however, the highly addictive qualities of these drugs have in return forced individuals to take more than what was prescribed. These individuals may at some level continue taking the drug to deal with the pain, the excessive amount these individuals take is actually used to feed their addiction.
It is often difficult for individuals with chronic pain to come to grips with their addiction as the idea of being addicted to the substance that “helps” their pain is hard to fathom. While the substance has in some way reduced the pain, when these individuals attempt to discontinue use, their pain returns. Of course, for individuals with chronic pain, this is a true concern when entering addiction treatment as the use of these prescription drugs must be discontinued. It would defeat the purpose of addiction treatment to continue use and make recovery impossible.
What Types of Chronic Pain Can Rehab Help You Relieve Naturally?
Some conditions leave both patients and providers without a diagnosis for the pain and thus resort to treating the symptoms of pain with addictive prescription drugs. Typically, resorting to these methods are in an effort to improve the patient’s day to day life by reducing the pain.
There are several commonly known conditions that cause severe and chronic pain. These conditions may include:
- Congenital malformations
- Acute and chronic illness
- Acute injuries
- Conditions that affect eh nervous system’s ability to function properly
For Patients with The Above Chronic Conditions, Your Needs Will Be Assessed Prior to Intake
It has been our experience at Addiction Alternatives that many patients fear their medical conditions whether physical or mental illness will not be considered during their treatment plan. This is actually not true. At Addiction Alternatives, we understand the importance of determining causes and conditions linked to the addiction in order to better the chances of long term recovery.
It has been found that individuals with chronic pain and mental illness who are not treated for their other conditions often relapse after completing treatment as they have no defense against the pain or mental condition.
For this reason, Dr. Buscema and our nurse practitioner will evaluate your needs while also teaching you to cope with the symptoms. As you begin your treatment protocol with Addiction Alternatives we will help you either determine a much lower does to help you manage your pain or to find new ways to deal with the pain. Our goal is not to have your sober and in pain, our goal is to have you sober and in less to no pain.
How Will Your Addiction Treatment Program Help You Cope with Pain?
While it is our goal to help you wean off of your pain medication completely, there are rare circumstances where a recovering addict must remain on a small regulated dose of a pain management prescription. If possible, we attempt to find a non-narcotic version that is not addictive to help you manage your pain.
Certain types of cognitive behavioral therapy have shown benefits to reducing chronic pain in recovering addictions. Various types of counseling are specifically designed to address pain management while also assisting in the process of reducing drug cravings.
There are also other physical activities that been known to help the body manage pain more efficiently. These physical activities work to strengthen your muscles, increase muscle endurance and increase mobility. These activities are linked to the reduction of inflammation that is usually the root cause of pain. While there are other causes of pain, the primary cause is usually linked to increased inflammation that if managed or treated, can reduce the pain for recovering addicts.
Examples of pain management physical therapies may include:
- High-intensity strength training
- Chiropractic care
- Massage therapy
At Addiction Alternatives we understand that the thought of dealing with your chronic pain while pursuing a sober life may be a scary thought. However, with our help, you can begin a positive road to recovery comfortably.
For more information about our out-patient program at Addiction Alternative, contact us at 772-618-0505.