An injury or condition that requires pain medicine can complicate an addiction recovery. Even if opiates were not part of the original addiction, taking painkillers can trigger further drug use and lead to a serious setback or relapse. For this reason, medical professionals classify pain under three different distinctions and treat recovering addicts in Seattle according. These distinctions are as follows:
- Acute pain – Sharp and sudden pain that typically comes from a recent injury. Doctors prefer alternative treatments, but painkillers are used in short spurts if necessary.
- End of life – As this pain stems from a terminal illness, doctors prescribe freely without concern for addiction relapse.
- Chronic pain – Ongoing pain that requires regular maintenance. In such cases, the doctor will use the lowest dose possible and periodically wean the patient off the pain medicine.
Doctor supervision is an important aspect of successful pain-medication use and can provide the following:
- Watch for relapse addiction signs
- Exclusively write all prescriptions to avoid bad interactions
- Possible in-house administration of pain relievers
- Monitor physical dependency levels
- Test non-opioid pain relievers for effectiveness
- Ensure the patient utilizes peer support
The doctor should also devise a relapse-intervention plan that details what actions must be taken if the patient’s dependency returns. This is the patient’s written commitment to seek help if the problem returns.
Non-Narcotic Pain Management for Seattle Residents
Doctors will often utilize non-narcotic methods – sometimes in combination with prescription medications – to manage the pain of Seattle residents. These non-addictive treatments include the following:
- Acupressure, acupuncture, and chiropractic massage
- Heat and cold applications to pain spots
- Hydrotherapy, yoga, and targeted conditioning
- Braces, splints, casts, and other stabilizers
- Non-narcotic pain-relieving medications
- Hypnosis, meditation, and relaxation exercises
- A local anesthesia administered through steroid injection
As with all addiction treatment, doctors screen Seattle patients for mental health issues like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Addressing these conditions is essential for a successful recovery and provides a better mental state from which to deal with pain.
Addiction Relapse Help for Seattle Residents
There is actually a risk that a doctor will under-medicate the pain of a recovering addict. This can result in the body demanding more pain relief, which mimics the old feelings of addiction and sets off drug-use triggers. In other words, too much or too little pain medication can both lead to a real relapse in recovering Seattle residents. If a setback does occur, the best way to get back on track is with proper rehab, which includes the following:
- Weaning the patient off the drug for a more comfortable, tapered detox
- Behavioral therapies that improve one’s outlook, attitude, and actions
- Reexamine personal drug-use triggers and ways to resist them
- Explore lifestyle changes that minimize pain and relapse risks
- Integrated care for any mood disorders or emotional problems
- Peer group support and aftercare counseling
Rehab facilities will also help with any ongoing pain management, including the use of non-narcotic therapies and practices.
Addiction Relapse Helpline Available for Seattle Residents
Do you struggle with painkiller addiction or fear you might be relapsing? Call our toll-free helpline immediately to get the assistance you need. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to provide support, answer questions, and connect all Seattle residents with local resources. This includes checking health insurance policies for treatment coverage and providing information of rehab facility options. Call today, and let us help.