Something that just about every person in recovery fears is being hurt to the point where they will possibly have to take narcotics. Many individuals in recovery understand what having to put powerful opioids in their system could do to their recovery and understanding this, it is something they want to avoid.
However, there are some occasions where an individual will suffer some sort of accident or illness that causes chronic pain and so, therefore, the possibility of having to use narcotics is on the table. If this is what occurs, it does not mean that your sobriety has to been thrown to the wind, and if you follow explicit doctor’s instructions, you can navigate these murky waters successfully.
For some people who are put in this situation, using narcotics is not an option that they want to take. Regardless of the fact that they are experiencing chronic pain, they do not want to be beholden to pain killers or have to worry about the possibility of a relapse and so they seek other alternatives in order to deal with their chronic pain.
In this article, we will explore some alternatives to narcotics for dealing with chronic pain in sobriety. I want to say from the very start that I am not a doctor and that if you are experiencing chronic pain, you should seek medical advice before anything else. There will be some people in recovery that may attempt to dissuade you or persuade you into taking suggestions that they are not qualified to give. It is important to take into account what these individuals are saying, but at the end of the day, the decision for how to deal with your chronic pain must come from you and your doctor.
How to Manage Chronic Pain in Sobriety Without Narcotics
Unfortunately, if this topic is of interest to you, then you are more than likely standing at a crossroads in your recovery, and life, with how you can go about managing the pain that you are currently experiencing.
On the one hand, living with chronic pain makes life completely unbearable, but on the other hand, modern medicine’s solution to this is physically and mentally addicting. If you have ever had a problem with opioids, then you know how difficult it can be to get off of them, and how difficult it can be to stay off of them. So if this is the position that you are currently in, don’t fret because there are a number of alternatives to dealing with chronic pain that does not involve long-term opioid use.
See if surgery is an option
Granted, for this option, you will have to be on some pain medication immediately after the surgery, but if surgery is an option for dealing with your pain, then it might not hurt to look into it. For instance, if you have a problem with your back that surgery could fix, you may want to think about having that surgery and saving yourself years of pain.
As strange as it may still seem to many Americans, acupuncture has been proven to help people who suffer from pain. The usage of the needles on certain points in the body is known to release endorphins which act as a natural pain medication.
Go see a chiropractor
While chiropractors cannot fix all that ails us, many times they are able to manipulate the body in such a way where the pain is alleviated. If you are having problems with neck, shoulder, or back pain, then you may want to look into seeing a chiropractor. They are usually not that expensive and if you have insurance, their services are often times covered.
Even though exercise, if not done probably, can sometimes exacerbate previous injuries, the act of building up your strength and taking care of your body can do wonders for pain. However, if you are experiencing long-lasting pain, you should consult a doctor before starting an exercise regimen to make sure that you won’t make the problem worse.
Going along with exercise, many times practicing yoga can help alleviate chronic pain. The act of stretching and holding poses can do wonders to work out muscle problems and other issues that can cause long-lasting pain.
Those who use vitamin therapy as a means of dealing with pain swear by it, and there have been studies done that prove that diet and certain vitamins can help to reduce mental health issues and physical pain. While it won’t be the same as taking an opioid-based painkiller, it can, in the long run, help you to cope with your injury and live a life that is free from pain medication.
Hopefully, some of these suggestions helped you realize that there are alternatives for taking opioid pain medication. Being in a position where you are in constant pain and in recovery is never easy, so try these methods and any others you may find in order to make it through this trying time with your recovery intact.
Seeking Treatment for Alcoholism or Addiction
Getting clean and sober from drugs and alcohol is the most important thing that an addict or alcoholic can do in their life. It is also the most anxiety producing and frightening thing that they can do in their life, but it doesn’t need to be. With help from the professionals at Elevations Health, you can find a new life in sobriety with the least amount of resistance possible. So call us today at 1-866-200-3224 and begin your journey to recovery the right way, with Elevation Health.