Challenges. They’re inevitable. They come up in literally everything we do. You can’t avoid them. So, the best thing to do is face them. That applies to every area of your life. Yes, that includes the area of substance abuse. If you have been struggling with a form of chronic pain, you have probably received a prescription for a medication that has pain-killing effects. This is the case in most situations where a person has recurring pain. Unfortunately, these medications aren’t always all they’ve cracked up to be. See, they are often habit-forming and can even cause people to become dependent on the drug. As a result, the individual may begin to misuse or abuse the substance. Also, some people who are suffering from chronic pain turn to alcohol for pain relief. Perhaps this has happened in your life. Thankfully, you can become free from dependence on painkillers and alcohol.
It may seem hard to believe, but there are other ways to deal with recurring pain besides using pain medication. You don’t have to remain bound by substance dependence. It’s true that there are many different types of chronic pain. And, because of the varying kinds of pain, there are different types of medications that people can use in order to help ease the pain. But, the truth is, painkillers are not always the best option. And, needless to say, alcohol use is never the best way to treat pain. Whether you’re dealing with chronic back pain or recurring headaches, you can get treatment that doesn’t involve addictive painkillers and alcohol. Let’s talk a little bit about the how you can work to end substance dependence in your life.
Both painkillers and alcohol are legal substances. It’s not against the law to use them. However, they both have the tendency to cause people to become dependent on them. Many people begin misusing alcohol after they grow to depend on its effects. The same thing happens when painkillers are involved. Unfortunately, a lot of people have suffered from very intense chronic pain and found very little relief from it. When this happens, some individuals even use both painkillers and alcohol in order to find a way to escape from the pain they’re feeling. This is not only unwise; it’s extremely dangerous and can even lead to life-threatening results. But, it’s hard to stop using a substance that your body and mind have come to depend on. This is a challenge that many individuals are facing even now.
And, when an individual grows emotionally or physically dependent on painkillers and alcohol, it is very challenging to overcome that dependence. People who have developed a substance dependence problem often struggle to end that issue in their life. That’s because the body and mind become used to functioning under the influence of the substance. So, when a person stops using the drug or alcohol, his or her body goes into withdrawal. The symptoms of withdrawal can be very difficult to experience. This is why it’s so important to find professional help and guidance for this problem.
The thing about challenges is that they are actually meant to be overcome. And you can certainly overcome the challenge of substance dependence. If you’ve found yourself struggling to stop using painkillers and alcohol, know that there is hope. Here at Diablo Valley Drug & Alcohol Services, we are dedicated to helping our clients find total freedom from substance abuse and dependence. Through our detox programs, we can help people to end substance use in their lives. Then, our therapy approaches can help to equip individuals with the skills they need in order to avoid relapse.
This year, find the freedom you deserve. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.