According to the American Institute of Medicine, more than 100 million Americans are struggling with chronic pain. Unfortunately, there’s a common belief that pain relief can only be found inside a prescription bottle.

It’s this dangerous assumption about chronic pain management that has contributed to the record increases in prescription pill abuse, opioid addiction, and overdoses. We must use these statistics as a wake-up call. 

We must help those struggling with chronic pain through means that don’t involve medication. Although medication can be beneficial, many holistic alternatives hold great benefits. Keep reading to learn more about chronic pain management and addiction.

Chronic Pain Management

The Link Between Chronic Pain and Addiction

The Link Between Chronic Pain and Addiction

Chronic pain and addictive disorders are each distinct clinical conditions. Individuals suffering from chronic pain and/or addiction show different signs and symptoms. 

Many factors come into play that impacts the severity of an individual’s chronic pain and addiction. Thus, the approach to chronic pain management will vary.

Individuals that have chronic pain as a condition may find themselves looking for medication to alleviate their discomfort. These people may find themselves looking for any kind of relief from their severe pain. 

Illnesses that go alongside chronic pain require long-term clinical care. These illnesses include conditions such as asthma and diabetes. Individuals that suffer from long-term conditions that cause them pain require treatment that addresses this unique issue. 

The intense pain must be managed. Otherwise, there are dangers of addiction occurring. Q quick fix is tempting to those that are looking for a means to mitigate their discomfort. However, the long-term consequences of becoming addicted far outweigh the temporary relief. 

It is also worth noting that pain and addiction often share several similar clinical features. Symptoms of chronic pain and addition include sleep and mood disturbances, deconditioning, functional losses, and high levels of stress. As a result, these conditions may begin to reinforce one another.

Breaking The Cycle of Chronic 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.

Breaking The Cycle of Chronic Pain and Addiction

Dangers of Addiction

Dangers of Addiction

Once tolerance sets in, responsible prescription painkiller use often devolves into irresponsible abuse. It is crucial to understand the dangers of developing a tolerance to prescription medication. 

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. This reduces a patient’s pain threshold, falsely making him or she believe even more pills are needed for pain relief. 

For example, let’s take an individual that is taking a prescription as directed over a long period. Their pain may be alleviated temporarily, but what happens when they become used to the prescribed amount? 

As their tolerance develops, more of the substance will be necessary to achieve the same results. In other cases, the individual will also form a dependency on the substance.

As a result of extended use, your body’s natural chemistry alters. These changes then lead to significant changes in daily functioning.

The great news is that there are countless ways to manage chronic pain in a natural, drug-free, and empowering manner. Dealing with severe pain regularly can make life miserable. Unity Behavioral Health will show you new and effective ways to manage your pain and reclaim your life.

Drug-Free Treatments for Chronic Pain Management

Drug-Free Treatments for Chronic Pain Management and Addiction

The speed and convenience of prescription painkillers make them the most popular choice for pain treatment, but not necessarily the most effective. Many drug-free alternatives play a key role in addiction treatment.

Holistic care options, as well as therapeutic services, can significantly alleviate chronic pain. Without the use of medication, our brains can make tremendous changes. 

We encourage you to view the addiction recovery process as a means to discover the potential you can reach without misusing drugs. No matter where you are, you have the power to make the necessary changes in your life.

Many drug-free options are available for chronic pain management and addiction. A handful of these treatments include:


Meditating for a little over an hour can have a profound effect on the level of pain a patient experiences. It also impacts how well he or she can manage its intensity. Research proves that those who practice meditation can reduce the intensity of their pain by 40 percent, compared to a 25 percent reduction using morphine.


Yoga is a practice that incorporates physical activity, breath control, relaxation, control, positive thinking, and meditation. The primary goal is to develop harmony in the body, mind, and one’s environment.

Yoga is an ancient technique designed to connect the mind and body through exercise, meditation, and breathing. Yoga has been proven to have countless benefits, such as alleviating physical pain and distress. 

Therapeutic Touch and Reiki Healing

Therapeutic touch and reiki healing are methods used to activate the self-healing processes of an individual. Reiki healing is centered around alleviating pain for the individual through therapeutic touch and energy-based techniques. 

These techniques do not require a legitimate touch. All you need is the proximity between the therapist and the patient. Lessening pain and anxiety are a couple of the most significant benefits when it comes to Reiki healing. 


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.

Chiropractic Care

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.

Aqua Therapy

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 make your pain more intense or last longer. Good nutrition is essential for combating inflammation.

Chronic Pain Management Education

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 focus 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. Our goal is to help recovering individuals take control of their health and proactively combat their pain. 

Our personalized programs account for your specific medical history, mental health disorders, environmental factors, and family history, in addition to the 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.

Seek Help for Chronic Pain Management

Seek Help for Chronic Pain Management and Addiction Today!

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 physical dependency. 

We’ll customize a treatment plan that also provides 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 here to begin your journey to sobriety.

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