Opioid Addiction: Finding a Pain Relief Alternative
While still commonly prescribed for both acute and chronic pain, opioids have a dangerous history amongst some patients who use them. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, there were over two million Americans addicted to opioids in 2015 and over 20,000 people lost their lives to an opioid overdose that year. Finding alternatives to opioids for pain relief can protect you from addiction and may save your life.
Avoiding Addiction with Opioid Alternatives
Opioid medications like hydrocodone and oxycodone are often prescribed for acute or chronic pain. Acute pain is a temporary pain, usually from an injury or surgery, while chronic pain lasts for six months or longer. Opioids are known to be addictive, but if taken as directed for short periods of time, most people can avoid any addiction to the drugs. However, there are millions of others who become addicted to these substances, even when using them for short periods for acute pain.
For those who have had opioid or other substance addictions in the past, avoiding opioids for pain relief may be necessary. There are other treatments that can be used both for acute and chronic pain to offer relief. Some of these include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen or acetaminophen to control pain. Other options include using heat or ice, acupuncture, massage, physical therapy, and behavioral therapy, all of which can relieve pain without the risk of addiction.
While taking prescription pain relievers may seem like the easiest route to relieving pain, the long-term consequences and risks for addiction from opioids make them a higher risk. This is especially true for those with chronic pain who need an alternative that will give ways to manage pain without the detrimental effects of opioids or addiction to these drugs. There are options available that can be used on their own or in tandem to offer pain relief.
Opioid Addiction Intervention
Unfortunately, there are many who end up in the clutches of opioid addiction. If you have a loved one who is addicted to opioids and needs help with recovery or overcoming legal issues that are related to their addiction, contact our team at Tison Law Group. We offer intervention and legal services for those struggling with opioid and other addictions to help them find the road to recovery.