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Treating Pain Without Medication

Many people who develop opioid addiction begin with the use of prescribed pain-relieving medications. A vast majority of patients taking prescribed opioids will not have any problems, but for some, prescription opioid use can spiral into abuse and addiction. Those who have entered into a life of sobriety may find it helpful to seek non-pharmacological ways to treat their pain in order to minimize the risk of returning to a life of prescription abuse and addiction.

Men and women suffering from pain should always discuss all possible treatments with their doctor before attempting to discontinue their medications. Many health care providers will be able to make recommendations of non-pharmacological ways to address and treat pain. As long as we are open and honest with our doctor about the nature of our addiction problems and desire not to take mind and mood-altering substances, they will be able to point us in the right direction.

There are a wide variety of non-pharmacological treatments that have been proven to be effective for pain management. According to a Healthbeat article entitled 8 Non-Invasive Pain-Relief Techniques that Really Work, physical therapy and occupational therapy are the “staunchest allies in the fight again pain.” The article explains, “Physical therapists guide you through a series of exercises designed to preserve or improve your strength and mobility. Occupational therapists help you learn to perform a range of daily activities in a way that doesn’t aggravate your pain.” Exercise and movement can reduce pain by increasing muscle, heart, and lung strength.

Acupuncture, the practice of applying needles, heat, and pressure to specific points on the body, is another effective way to treat pain. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, “Results from a number of studies suggest that acupuncture may help ease types of pain that are often chronic such as low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain. It also may help reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches. Therefore, acupuncture appears to be a reasonable option for people with chronic pain to consider.”

There are a variety of options for pain management that do not rely on the use of drugs. A 2015 FP Essentials article entitled Chronic Pain Management: Nonpharmacological Therapies for Chronic Pain, lists a wide variety of options, including behavioral therapy; cognitive behavioral therapy; hypnosis; guided imagery; diaphragmatic breathing and muscle relaxation; mindfulness-based stress reduction; acupuncture; combination manipulation, endurance exercise, stretching and strengthening; and animal-assisted therapy. With all these possibilities, we will likely find one that works for us and effectively reduces our feelings of pain.

Your life doesn’t have to be held back by the chains of addiction. You can make the decision to seek help today and begin building a brighter future. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, brings together the highest quality behavioral health and addictions specialists, holistic experts, and spiritual guides to help clients develop all the tools necessary to achieve and maintain sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431