According to the American Institute of Medicine, there are more than 100 million Americans struggling with chronic pain. Unfortunately, there’s a common belief that pain relief can only be found inside of a prescription bottle. It’s this erroneous assumption about chronic pain management that has contributed to the record increases in prescription pill abuse, opioid addiction and overdoses for the better part of the 21st century.
Breaking The Cycle of Pain and Addiction
More than 50 Americans die every day from prescription opioid overdoses – one of the largest causes of preventable death in the country. Prescription painkillers like Vicodin, Percocet, OxyContin and others are easily abused and highly addictive. Additionally, long-term use of opioids can lead to heroin abuse and addiction.
Many of the opioid-addicted patients we treat at Unity Behavioral Health have struggled with managing their pain for years on end. This is because painkillers only mask pain, they do not eliminate the source or provide any long-term improvement. We are committed to not only helping our patients break their opioid addictions, but also to providing them with chronic pain management education for long-term success.
Find Pain Relief without Drugs
The speed and convenience of prescription painkillers make them the most popular choice for pain treatment, but not necessarily the most effective. While prescription opioids are incredibly useful in treating pain for short periods of time, they become more and more dangerous as a person continues to use them and begins to develop a tolerance.
Dangers of Addiction
Once tolerance sets in, responsible prescription painkiller use often devolves into irresponsible abuse
Unfortunately, over time, it requires more and more of the drug to feel the same analgesic effect. As this pattern continues, a condition known as hyperalgesia may develop, reducing a patient’s pain threshold, falsely making him or her believe even more pills are needed for pain relief. The great news is that there are countless ways to manage chronic pain in a natural, drug-free and empowering manner.
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Drug-free Treatments for Chronic Pain
Meditating for a little over an hour can have a profound effect on the level of pain a patient experiences and how well he or she is able to manage its intensity. Research proves that those who practice meditation are able to reduce the intensity of their pain by 40 percent, compared to a 25 percent reduction using morphine.
The ancient practice of acupuncture has been shown throughout history to relieve pain and reduce stress. Using nerve stimulation through the acupuncture process, the brain and spinal cord receive signals to release more endorphins and less of a pain signal, significantly reducing pain levels.
One of the difficulties of enduring the withdrawal process is that a patient’s dopamine (the “feel good” hormone) level dips below average, making the recovery process much more challenging. One of the ways we help our patients deal with the lows and discomfort of withdrawal is with therapeutic massages.
As opposed to prescription opioids, chiropractic care targets the source of a person’s pain to potentially provide a permanent solution. This is a proven chronic pain management method that does not expose patients to the potential of overdose and addiction when using painkillers.
Greatly benefiting patients suffering from neuromuscular and musculoskeletal disorders, aqua therapy provides a safe environment for addressing posture, strength and balance issues. Pain and inflammation are lessened, and the body responds well to the feeling of reduced pressure and gravity.
When the body is stronger it can more easily combat pain and sickness. Deficiencies of key minerals and vitamins can often be responsible for weakness in the body. Certain nutrients can boost immunity and decrease inflammation and the pain associated with it. While inflammation may not be the main cause of pain, it can definitely make your pain more intense or last longer. Good nutrition is essential for combating inflammation.
Chronic Pain Management Education is Key to Long-Term Success
The absence of drugs and alcohol at Unity Behavioral Health makes it easier for people struggling with addiction and chronic pain to rely on drug-free pain management alternatives. But once a patient graduates from inpatient treatment, he or she must continue to employ these techniques in everyday life. This is why we focus on providing our patients with comprehensive chronic pain management education at our facility. Our goal is to set up our patients for a lifetime of success.
Once a patient graduates from inpatient treatment, he or she must continue to employ these techniques in everyday life.
We’ve developed an individualized drug-free pain management program to empower our patients to take control of their health and proactively combat their pain. Our personalized programs account for your own specific medical history, mental health disorders, environmental factors and family history, in addition to origins of your addiction. We realize that just as no two people are completely alike, no two addictions are identical either. Our treatment strategies account for the unique challenges facing each of our patients.
Due to the psychological aspects that accompany many addictions, it is very difficult to overcome a prescription pill dependency without professional help. A simple detox is not enough because it only accounts for the physical dependency and does not provide the education needed for prolonged success. We are happy to offer an unmatched rehab experience at Unity Behavioral Health and would like to invite you to learn more about how we can help you or someone you care for. Contact us right away at 561-812-5500 to begin your journey to sobriety.