Unfortunately, many people are currently living with recurring pain in their bodies. It’s even more unfortunate that, when they take medication for chronic pain, they might end up with another problem. This other issue is known as substance dependence. Individuals who take strong medication for chronic pain often find that they build a tolerance for the drug. Afterward, they might become dependent on it, too. So, how can a person treat this pain without taking dependence-forming medicine? Well, let’s find out.
First, it’s important to note that there are many different kinds of chronic pain. Here are some common forms of chronic pain:
People who take medication for chronic pain usually take it on a set schedule. Chronic pain is recurring but it might feel more intense at certain times. So, people may have to take more medicine here and there. The types of pain can vary. For example, back pain may be lower, middle, or upper back aches. Headaches may be in the form of migraines. They could be cluster migraines or they could come very regularly. People who have chronic nerve pain might feel it in their sciatic nerve. Or, they might have aches in the nerves of their fingers. Joint pain might affect the knees.
Although the types of chronic pain may vary, the common treatment remains the same. There are many individuals who are currently taking medication for chronic pain. But, with every new prescription comes the possibility of prescription dependence. Sometimes, the dependence can be determined by how severe the pain is. For a lot of people, the pain can be very difficult to live with. So, to avoid feeling the extreme discomfort, people may take more medication for chronic pain than they have been advised. This is the result of tolerance and dependence.
There is an abundance of medication for chronic pain. Some common drugs may include Advil, Aleve, and so forth. These are all known as Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs. Another common type of medication for chronic pain falls under the category of acetaminophens. One well-known drug in this group is Tylenol. Many painkillers are opioids, which are very potent drugs. These substances can cause people to become highly dependent on them. Some common brands are OxyContin and Percocet. These medications work to block the feeling of pain in patients. But, again, they can have some undesired effects.
So, what can you do instead of taking medication for chronic pain? Well, there are some natural ways to treat it. One way to treat chronic pain is acupuncture. It helps to relieve pain by relaxing nerves. This kind of treatment can alleviate pain without the dangers of substance dependence. Acupuncture is believed to reduce stress and anxiety. It can also help people to rest and sleep better. Since chronic pain often disrupts sleep, this kind of treatment is exactly what chronic pain patients need.
Others may choose to do yoga or meditate. This helps to shift focus away from pain and towards overall health. Exercise and physical activity might really help people who have chronic pain. It can increase energy and improve your mood. When people are physically active, they actually help to relieve pain. Of course, it’s important to talk to your doctor before you set up a regular routine. But, remember that a simple walk or jog could make all the difference in how you feel! Other treatments include vitamins and supplements. You can also see if a chiropractor can help you. Therapy also works well for some. This might include speaking with a therapist or attending music and art therapies. Massages may also help to relieve pain.
If you’re dealing with a dependency problem, it’s important to gain freedom from it. Here at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services MAT, we can help. We use a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program to help people who have become dependent on their prescriptions. Think you could benefit from our program? If so, please contact us today.