Many patients with chronic pain are hesitant to seek treatment for prescription drug abuse because they feel all their options may be taken away. That’s understandable but it is luckily incorrect! There are actually still several options for people like you who want treatment for addiction yet also need pain control.
Some of these options are pharmacological in nature while others are specific types of therapy. It’s up to your prescribing physician which ones might be right for you. He or she will take into account your mental health, the physical illness causing you pain, and any other relevant factors. Don’t worry! There are options out there that will control your discomfort and still allow you to seek help.
Medication Therapies to Treat Chronic Pain
Reducing inflammation can be key in lowering pain to manageable levels. Expect to be treated with over-the-counter non-steroidal pain medications like Tylenol, ibuprofen, and naproxen. Physicians typically will treat inflammation with the above medications or a simple regimen of ice and elevation used multiple times throughout the day. If these fail, steroids injected in the site of pain may provide relief for several months. This is a common treatment for knee pain, for example, when the patient is not a candidate for or refuses knee replacement surgery.
It’s quite effective and can allow the person to function on a daily basis with minimal pain for a long time before needing other options. Chronic pain in a few sites, such as the back or spine, can be more difficult to treat with steroids or over-the-counter medications. The doctor may recommend treatments such as a spinal block to treat pain that is unresponsive to less invasive options. In these unique situations, it’s best to have your pain specialist work with your psychiatrist in order to provide the best balance between quality of life, pain relief, and addiction treatment.
Alternative Therapies to Treat Chronic Pain
If you are looking for an alternative way to treat pain and are steering clear of all pills, CBD oil is a newer trend that might help. CBD oil is legal in all 50 states in the US and reputable brands do not contain THC. Instead, the compound cannabidiol works to reduce pain, relieve anxiety, and improve sleep as well as appetite. The FDA has concluded that, while it does not believe enough research has been done to prove CBD oil counts as a medication, it does not appear to have any substantial side effects or present as a public health concern.
The general consensus is that CBD helps many people to manage their pain effectively and presents no danger of failing drug tests or becoming another addiction. Many treatment centers will allow CBD with a doctor’s written authorization and it is legal in Illinois. Another treatment that has provided relief to people experiencing joint stiffness and chronic pain is acupuncture. Originally a Chinese practice, acupuncture has spread across the globe due to its successful treatment of many disorders, but especially that of stubborn pain. Patients who undergo acupuncture experience a sometimes instant sense of euphoria. Others report a dull, mild pain at the site or that of tingling or warmth. The end result, however, is usually the same: a marked improvement in symptoms for the condition being treated.
Psychiatrists Know How to Help Patients with Chronic Pain
Because many patients who have pain also suffer from misuse of their legal pain medications as well as anxiety or depression, psychiatrists are experts at treating these coexisting disorders. It’s not necessary for you to hide your addiction from your doctor; instead, you should give them the full picture so that they can help you to the best of their ability. A good psychiatrist will take the news in stride and switch tactics so that you can both manage pain control and explore prescription drug abuse treatment options safely.
This is one of the few cases where you can have your cake and eat it too- you just have to be willing to try other treatments and work closely with your doctor. All of the above treatments are non-addictive and can work to reduce pain, improve control over the amount of pain that exists, and ensure a better quality of life. You deserve that future, and there’s no better time to start than now. Call for help today to learn what options are available to you at 833-762-3739.