Monday, March 12, 2012

Substance Use and Chronic Pain – How Are They Linked?


It is indeed a challenge for the health care experts to manage cases related with substance abuse and patients suffering from chronic pain.   It may come as a surprise that over one-third of the American population are suffering from some sort of chronic pain.  Almost half a billion Americans are either partially or completely disabled by the effects of chronic pain.  Chronic pain usually subsides after a period of three months compared to six weeks in case of acute pain.  Patients report lowed back pains, pain in the knee joints, headaches, migraine, pain in the neck, shoulder, hips and finger areas.

RESEARCH STUDIES AND EXPERT OPINIONS:

Current research in the field of medical science show that there a number of psychosocial, neurobiological, and psychological factors which are leading people to developing addiction and eventually suffer from chronic related health effects. As per a recent study discussed at the Annual Meeting in California by the American Academy of Pain Medicine, high risk patients are experiencing a significant improvement in the reduction of severe chronic pain through an intensive rehabilitation program.  The interesting thing is that the results are similar to that of the outcomes of low risk patients.

Patients with substance use issues are treated using non-opioid drugs, psychological, physical occupational therapies etc.  Stanford University experts from the Division of Pain Management strongly recommend the patients to seek psychological counseling on an individual basis or either in a group.  Organizations such as The Coleman Institute are making significant inroads in developing unique programs for detoxification and stabilization of substance abuse related effects safely and achieving commendable results with over a 95% success rate. The detoxification methods applied by the Institute are quite affordable for the patients and lasts less than a week which explains its growing popularity.
Chronic pain is the source of adverse health effects such as deterioration of relationships, increase in anxiety, depression etc. and thus leading to high psychological and economical costs running over $500 billion annually.  Health experts thus, are faced with the problem of delicately balancing the contribution of prescription drugs which may lead to possible abuse and also managing the pain in a compassionate manner.

If you or someone you love has a problem with addiction to Chronic Pain medications or other substances such as opiates, alcohol, benzodiazepines, methadone, or suboxone, Please feel free to contact The Coleman Institute.  We're here for you! 

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