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Pain Management and Addiction Treatment

Pain Management and Addiction TreatmentPharmaceutical painkillers were created with one purpose in mind: to relieve medical patients of their pain so that they might continue their normal lives without intense discomfort. An unfortunate characteristic of many painkillers is that they are highly addictive. Even the patient with the best of intentions may slowly develop a dependence on his painkiller and subsequently seek to increase his dosage through apparently legitimate means, such as complaining to his doctor that the pain won’t go away, so that his dosage will be raised.

Physicians’ Responses to a Patient in San Diego with Growing Dependence on Pain Medication

Some doctors will unwittingly fuel their patients’ undetected addictions by simply prescribing more and more of the medication until a patient is taking far more than is healthy. Other doctors may notice the signs of developing addiction and refuse to increase the prescribed dosage, instead putting the patient on a schedule to wean him off of the drug. If the patient is addicted, however, he is likely to respond to this news in one of the following ways:

  • He may go to another doctor to get more of the drug
  • He may order more from an online pharmacy, a street dealer, or another hard-to-track source
  • He may steal the drug from others to whom it has been legitimately prescribed

This danger can be averted if the patient will alert his friends and family as to the addictive nature of the medication once it has been prescribed to him. Loved ones can monitor him for signs of addiction and keep him accountable for following his detox schedule once the drug has done its work. This is responsible use.

What to Do If a Pain Medication User Is Already Addicted

The loved ones of a patient addicted to pain medication should not lose hope. He can still recover, even if he is convinced his pain is manageable only through his drug. There are recovery programs available that offer alternative methods of pain treatment and recovery therapy to break his drug dependence. A few non-addictive options for pain management include these:

  • Physical treatment, such as temperature therapy, massage, and acupuncture
  • Psychological treatment, such as meditation and counseling
  • Anesthesia and analgesics, which are far less addictive than the opioids commonly prescribed
  • Homeopathy, which uses plant and mineral derivatives
  • Electrotherapy

San Diego residents should always receive medical consultation before pursuing alternative pain treatment options, as some are more experimental, but these are all viable options to prevent addiction while still relieving pain.

How to Find Treatment Solutions for Your Pain

If you or your loved one in San Diego suffers from chronic pain and you fear addiction to pain medication, please call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day, every day, to discuss your options with you. Let us give you a reason to hope. Call today.