Unfortunately, most Americans have been taught that the only way to fight back against pain is through medication, opioids and prescription drugs. So it should come as no surprise to anyone that the U.S. is in the middle of pain pill addiction epidemic. There are currently more people addicted to pain pills than heroin and cocaine combined – there are also more annual overdoses in the U.S. from opioids than any other illicit drug.
You Can Be Pain Free and Drug Free Simultaneously
Using pain medication isn’t the only way or the best way to manage pain. While the opioids do temporarily reduce the intensity of pain, they also have a number of negative side effects and are highly addictive. Following a pain pill detox at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, one of our primary missions is to instruct opioid addicts on healthier and more responsible ways to deal with their pain.
Don’t Fall Into the Painkiller Trap
It’s quite natural to want to remedy pain once it hits you. We all get headaches, backaches and other random pangs of pain that need attention. Occasional use of pain medication is okay – a problem is created when the pain pill usage is prolonged. When we consume drugs more often, our bodies build up a tolerance toward the chemical. This means that the more pain medication a person takes, the less impact it has, causing them to want to increase the amount they consume in order to get the desired effect from a drug.
But most people don’t realize that opioid abuse can actually cause more pain. The condition is known as hyperalgesia, and happens because long-term opioid use reduces your body’s ability to tolerate pain and increases its sensitivity to it. Unfortunately, this condition frequently leads people to believe they need more pain medication. This is the catalyst for the cycle of pain pill addiction.
Let Us Show You Another Way
A large problem with consistently using opioids for pain is that they don’t actually attack the source of the pain, they just mask it for a short while. The programs at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches target the source of the pain and offer multiple drug-free pain management solutions.
- Massage therapy
- Chiropractic services
- Guided meditation
- Flexibility training
Break the Cycle of Opioid Addiction
If you or a loved one has fallen into pain-pill dependence, the time to get help is now. Continuing to go down the same road will only make things worse. Our addiction therapists will work with you or your loved one to break your misconceptions about pain management and the need for opioids.