So you ended up in treatment because of your prescription pain medication? Well, even though that's not entirely correct, no matter how you slice it, we understand that they may have played a big part in your addiction, but don't worry! You're not alone. Your chronic pain condition doesn't mean that you can't recover from addiction. It just means that we have to be thorough in providing your care. Ditch the guilt and let's get to work!
Did you know that approximately 100 million Americans over the age of 20 suffer from chronic pain? It's a serious problem, especially here in the United States and one that leaves many people feeling isolated and desperate. While prescription medication for chronic pain conditions does not inevitably lead to addiction; active addiction IS always affected by the continued use of most drugs that are commonly prescribed to control chronic pain. Luckily, there ARE other options. Options that can give you relief without having to flush your life down the tubes in return. A life of quality is not out of reach.
For clients with co-occurring addiction and chronic pain diagnoses, the most efficient results for treating both ailments are seen when addressed simultaneously. The thing is, you can't treat one without compensating for the other. They exist together; before, during, and after treatment of any kind. This symbiotic relationship demands attention.
Identifying the cause and effect issues that exist between addiction recovery and pain management allows you to increase recovery responses for both conditions. As a result, your quality of life goes up and mostly; you can bake your cake and eat it too. While finding the right mix of treatments and therapeutic activities can take a little more time, it sets you up for long-term success. And who doesn't want that?!
Just in case you're still not convinced, let's look at the breakdown of those 100 million chronic pain sufferers. Of those people with legitimate chronic conditions, women are more likely to be diagnosed with a chronic pain condition. Despite the fact that research studies indicate women are more liable to become dependent on prescription pain relievers, they are statistically prescribed prescription pain relievers at higher doses, for longer periods of time than men. It has also been confirmed that women quicker to become addicted to those substances than men. Subsequently, the mainstream world of chronic pain management just doesn't make any sense!
From 1999 to 2010, 48,000 women died of prescription pain reliever overdoses. Of these deaths, women living in rural communities were about two times as likely to overdose on these medications than women living in larger cities. As the number of admissions into substance abuse treatment facilities rises nationwide, what we aren't seeing is the emphasis on how to help these women cope with their chronic pain more effectively.
It's weird. Adult chronic pain conditions cost the American public $560-$635 billion dollars annually, and as the addiction epidemic continues to overwhelm health-care, people still aren't talking about the better solutions. Increases in prescription seeking behaviors and overdose deaths involving opioids continue to rise, yet mum is the word for viable alternatives. Breaking away from the idea of instant gratification in the doctor's office, we are committed to advocating for the real work that's required to meet chronic pain needs. We know that it takes a team because there is no one-size-fits-all remedy, but we're willing to do that work. Are you?
We can't wait around for more comprehensive public education to be developed. Treating the outlying issues that motivate these behaviors to evolve in the first place is important, but treatment centers need to take note as well. Now. Circumventing these the next generation to falling into the same pitfalls is important, but it overlooks the real task at hand; helping those already stuck in the quagmire of chronic pain management and addiction today.
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