Unfortunately, a lot of people are finding themselves in a position of drug dependence. And, for many of them, this dependence isn’t on illegal drugs. While illicit substance use is a problem for some, others struggle with pain medication dependence. You see, individuals all over the world are living with the effects of chronic pain. Having such pain can make it really hard for people to live comfortably. So, doctors often prescribe medication that has the ability to reduce the amount of pain people feel. Opioid painkillers are very common solutions for those who are dealing with recurring pain. Although this kind of medication can seem like the end of chronic pain problems, it can also act as the beginning of another serious issue: drug dependence. And, in cases where a person’s doctor begins to lower the dosages of these prescription pain relievers, the effects can be difficult to deal with.
Using Prescription Pain Relievers
Chronic pain is a type of pain that occurs over and over again. Some people deal with chronic back pain or neck pain. Others may deal with recurring headaches or arthritis. Often, people who are living with these issues feel pain on a regular basis. The pain can make life uncomfortable and it can make certain tasks hard to complete. Things, like moving around or bending down, can become impossible to do without pain. So, medical professionals offer prescription pain relievers to their chronic pain patients. And, as we mentioned before, these medications can seem like the answer to the problem. After all, they block the brain’s pain receptors and help individuals to function without dealing with extreme pain.
However, prescription pain relievers can be highly addictive. So, a lot of the people who use them may start to build a tolerance for them. When this happens, the person who is taking medication may not feel that the amount of medication he or she uses is helping. Basically, the dosage is too small to give pain-relieving effects anymore. So, the person may feel need use more of the medication or take it more often in order to manage and function properly, without pain. Of course, this can be very dangerous for the individual.
As a result of that tolerance and the body’s need for more medication, the doctor may decide to up the dosage. Or, the individual may take more medicine on his or her own. In either case, the person could become physically dependent on the painkillers. As a result, he or she may feel unable to operate without the use of the drug. If this happens to an individual, the person will really struggle to go without using the drug.
When the Dosage is Lowered
After thinking about how much harm a higher dosage of addictive medication can do, it only makes sense to consider lowering the dosage. But, the truth of the matter is that quickly lowering the amount of medication a person takes can also be very harmful. Many of the people who have had their dosages lowered have experienced discomfort and some have even gone to extremes to look for relief. Sadly, some individuals have considered suicide as a way to end the pain. Others may have turned to illicit drug use or alcohol misuse. In truth, many of the individuals who have used medication to deal with chronic pain become dependent on drugs that are sold on the street. But, again, this is due to the reduction of their prescription.
It’s certainly hard to live with chronic pain and have the need to take medication. But, when the only source of relief is taken away, it can lead people to do whatever is possible in order to get away from pain. And, as the war on opioids continues, one can only wonder where this leaves those who are in need of help for their chronic pain.
It’s important to realize that the solution to the problem does not lay in prescription pain medication. After all, people who have battled with recurring pain still deal with the issue even while taking medication for it. And, when dosages are reduced, it can leave people with some negative effects. A lot of individuals have found themselves unsure of how to deal with pain without the help of medication. They have been left feeling like there is no help or hope for their case. Without this method of pain relief, it’s hard to imagine a way to handle discomfort. But, there is certainly help for those who are dealing with chronic pain. And it doesn’t come in the form of an opioid painkiller.
Getting Help for Chronic Pain Treatment
At Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services, we know that it is difficult to live with the effects of chronic pain. It’s hard to manage and operate when you are in constant, recurring pain. But, if you take an excessive amount of pain relief medication, you can risk the possibility of becoming dependent on those drugs. This is why we work to provide our chronic pain patients with the best pain intervention and management help.
Although prescription pain relievers seem to be the easiest answer to the chronic pain problem, there’s a better solution. Chronic pain treatment doesn’t have to involve extremely strong painkillers. We believe that you deserve to live a life that is free from both pain and drug dependence. So, we offer you a treatment plan that is made to fit your needs. We provide emotional support for those who come to us for help. And we work to give our clients access to helpful therapies and treatment methods such as acupuncture and biofeedback therapy.
If you have found yourself in a position of drug dependence, our medication-assisted treatment (MAT) can help you to break free from it. This method of treatment uses medications, such as Suboxone and Vivitrol, which can help to reduce your dependence on the strong and addictive pain meds that you’ve been using. Then, we can help treat your chronic pain and make life much more comfortable for you, all while keeping you free from painkiller dependence! You don’t need prescription pain relievers in order to be free from pain. For more information about our MAT and pain management services, just reach out to us today.