Friday, September 6, 2013

Chronic Pain Management: Pills Are Not the Answer!!!


By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

One of the hardest things in life to deal with is chronic pain.  The body has a way of letting you know something feels bad pretty quickly.  Our brains are wired to flee from pain and embrace pleasure.  There is nothing wrong with embracing pleasure as long as that pleasure doesn't hurt us or anyone else.

Pain, on the other hand, is a whole different animal.  It causes suffering.  It can disable.  It can increase medical costs.  It removes confidence, lowers self-esteem and decreases motivation for living.  In short, it's a big deal!

So what are the solutions for chronic pain?  First, if science fixes the underlying problem, then the pain goes away and the problem is solved.  However, if the pain is chronic, obviously science has not fixed the issue.  Therefore, the distance between the underlying issue and cure is the level of stress the person with the chronic pain must deal with on a daily basis. This, of course, determines their quality of life.

Second, there are multiple treatment modalities to include, but not limited to, acupuncture, dry needling, Tai Chi, Qui Gong, Tapping, Emotional Freedom Technique, Chiropractic services, herbs, vitamins, organic foods as well as more tradition Western approaches such as medication, surgery, physical therapy, etc. 

Unfortunately, it seems like more and more doctors are trying to use prescription opiates to handle chronic pain patients.  To be sure, many of these doctors are altruistic in their thinking and very well-intentioned.  However, they continue to prescribe large amount of opiates keeping patients addicted unnecessarily.  This creates two problems: the chronic pain still needs to be addressed for quality of life purposes but there is now an addiction to opiates that needs to be dealt with too. 

At The Coleman Institute, we see things a little bit differently regarding treatment of chronic pain.  We see many patients that come in needing to be detoxed off of opiate pain medication who are petrified that when they get off the medication their pain levels will dramatically increase.  However, in many cases, we find the opposite is true: many chronic pain patients report that their pain is actually LESS than it was before they got on opiate prescription pills.  Thus, we believe that opiate pills are not necessarily the best treatment protocol for long-term chronic pain management. 

If you or someone you love is hooked on prescription pills, we can help.  Please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart today and ask about how The Coleman Institute can help you get clean and stay clean from opiate pills.  In addition, we also detox people off of benzos, alcohol, methadone, and suboxone.  Call 1-877-773-3869 today.  We're just a phone call away!

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