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January 7, 2015 Marissa ObrienRecovery0

 

One of the main concerns men and women entering recovery for painkiller addiction might face is how to alleviate pain without the use of pharmaceuticals. Many opiate addicts are initially prescribed painkillers to treat chronic pain or serious injuries, and become addicted to the medications they are prescribed based on a combination of addictive qualities (of the drugs) and addictive personalities (of the individuals). Fortunately for those who may be kicking painkiller addiction while still living with pain, there are many natural ways to kill pain without turning to the (pill) bottle.

All Natural Ways to Relieve Pain

  1. Meditation

Not only is meditation good for chronic pain reduction, but it is also a proven way to manage symptoms. If you are new to meditation and aren’t sure where to start, begin with simple breathing exercises.

  1. Yoga

Yoga is great for lower back pain, arthritis, and migraines. Yoga is known to be successful in reducing pain in large part because it promotes relaxation and reduces stress, which worsens pain significantly.

  1. Massage

Massage is great for surgery-related pains as well as fibromyalgia, tension headaches, and neck and back pains. Massage therapy boosts serotonin and endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers.

  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Changing the way you think about your aches and pains can in turn greatly reduce them. CBT has proven the most effective way to treat chronic pain without the use of medication.

  1. Acupuncture

Acupuncture not only helps with chronic migraines and tension headaches, it can also help to relieve back pain, fibromyalgia, and pain caused by arthritis. This practice helps relieve pain while improving the overall function of the central nervous system.

  1. Herbs

Herbs are an age-old remedy for nearly anything, so it makes sense that at least several help immensely with chronic pain. Ginger, turmeric, and St. John’s Wort have anti-inflammatory properties that all aid greatly in pain reduction.

No matter where your pain or how intense, there are many ways to greatly reduce and ease whatever discomfort you are experiencing.



December 1, 2014 Marissa ObrienAddiction0

In recent years, prescription medications have become one of the most frequently abused chemical substances amongst every age group in communities throughout the country. Of all pharmaceuticals, opiate painkillers are the most frequently abused. Teenagers and young adults have easy access to such medications, mostly because they are so over-prescribed to adults. Half empty bottles of painkillers are forgotten about in medicine cabinets, and curious adolescents looking for a cheap high do not stop to consider potential consequences before depleting the stash. Unfortunately, opiate painkillers are highly addictive, and dependency often forms in young adults far more easily. Of course adults are majorly affected by the widespread abuse of opiate painkillers as well as youth – and long-term effects of persistent use are causing severe health issues (and in many cases, death) across the country to this day.

Long-Term Effects of Painkiller Abuse

In many cases, painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone are prescribed to individuals following a sports injury, surgery, or to treat chronic pain. Even when prescribed they are commonly abused based on their highly addictive nature and potency. Short-term effects of painkiller abuse include overdose – an occurrence that has rapidly become the leading cause of accidental death in the vast majority of states countrywide. Long-term effects are extremely injurious, and often lead to death eventually.

After physical and mental dependence has taken hold, tolerance begins to develop, and the pills are needed in greater amounts in order to achieve the same high. After prolonged periods of consistent daily use, painkiller abuse is likely to lead to addiction. Once an individual feels they need the painkillers in order to function, it is probable that they are addicted. Addiction leads to daily use in order to avoid symptoms of painkiller withdrawal, which include flu-like symptoms, anxiety, tremors or shaking, poor appetite, insomnia, moodiness, confusion, and sweating. Usually these symptoms become evident as soon as one stops using the drugs, and persist for up to several weeks after use has been discontinued.

If an addict continues to use to avoid withdrawal, long-term effects will begin to develop. Such consequences include respiratory failure, decreased cognitive function, and psychological symptoms such as severe paranoia and depression. Recent studies show that the steady development of major depression is a common denominator amongst most painkiller addicts.

If you or someone you know is battling an addiction to painkillers, feel free to call one of our trained representatives. We would be more than happy to answer any and all questions you may have regarding painkiller abuse, and how to get help.


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