Treatment and monitoring of withdrawal symptoms are crucial since withdrawal can be physically and emotionally draining. Taking prescription pain medication to ease withdrawal symptoms is unnecessary, but there are times when it is.
Chronic pain after an accident, illness, or injury is a common cause of prescription medicine use. Chronic pain almost often needs pharmacotherapy. Therefore, eliminating all pain medication is seldom the answer. Prescription drug addiction treatment for people in pain includes medicines, physical therapy, individual counseling, and group support.
If you're struggling with chronic pain and addiction at the same time, Wish Recovery has pain management that may be the solution you've been hoping to find for a while.
What You Need to Know About Pain Management While in Rehab
Dealing with chronic pain can be an awful experience for someone in recovery since they have likely used all their resources and energy to get to the point of receiving addiction treatment. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is "progressive," meaning that drug usage may only worsen after a relapse. So, for a person with chronic pain and an addiction to pain medication, pain management seeks to look at alternatives to address the pain and not further fuel the substance use disorder.
When a person rehabilitates, a pain medication that provides euphoria might harm them. A relapse in opiate addiction might be triggered by tramadol. After using prescription medications, even a person with alcohol use disorder may relapse because they believe they need something more powerful in their lives.
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People entering rehab who are more vulnerable to relapse while using painkillers must be open and honest with their physician about their drug use. In most cases, the doctor will prescribe a restricted pain management approach and monitor its effectiveness.
For example, a doctor may prescribe a higher or more potent medication if a particular medicine is inefficient at treating the patient’s pain.
It is always best to continue rehabilitation and, if necessary, keep in touch with your psychotherapist. Because someone else is aware of your current situation, you will have a so-called "accountability partner."
Taking opioid pills may lead to addiction, but they aren't always the only choice. Inpatient drug treatment with pain management includes an evaluation of your health condition and counseling about other treatment alternatives. There is no cure for addiction, but psychotherapy and self-help groups may help uncover the negative habits and cognitive processes that contribute to it.
Why Pain Management in Recovery Is Important to Us
There are many consequences to inadequately managed or untreated pain. Pain may be centralized in the body, but it can affect many areas of a person’s life—aspects that require as much support as possible during recovery.
Excruciating pain might make a person feel estranged from their higher power, but intolerable pain can pull others closer to their beliefs. They could quickly come to feel abandoned, challenged, or punished. We don't want the person in recovery to feel alienated from a crucial source of support, comfort, strength, and sustenance because of their addiction.
Pain untreated may cause anxiety, fear, depression, despair, and suicidal thoughts. Additionally, it can damage one's ability to pay attention, concentrate, and recall information and reduce one's sense of agency or quality of life.
Suffering may limit a person's ability to serve others in a social context. It may also strain their caregivers and shrink their sphere of influence.
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As a result of physical pain, appetite and sleep may be disrupted; self-care may be impaired, sexual performance may be deficient, and rehabilitation may be challenging. Exhaustion falls, and other consequences might also occur because of pain.
Plenty of Options to Be Your Best Self
Every patient at Wish Recovery is evaluated for their pain management needs. When possible, find alternatives to alleviate the pain and keep you on your recovery path. Some of the most common non-opioid pain management options include physical therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques, and yoga. Not only are these options safer than opioids, but they may also produce better results for certain types of pain and help you achieve a more active and healthier lifestyle.