Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Dance of Chronic Pain

Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

I can’t dance. This is no surprise to my friends and family. To you, dear reader, it probably doesn’t make much of a difference in your life now that this information has been revealed to you. However, it is important to understand that dancing (i.e. living life) matters when it comes to dealing with chronic pain. 

To become a good dancer, you must have rhythm. If you take lessons, you will learn how to engage your partner and lead them around the dance floor. At first, your motions may be sloppy and choppy. You might have ‘two left feet’. Gradually, as you listen to the music, you will get the feel for it and the dance will become smooth. 

People who suffer from chronic pain often feel their life is like dancing to a music mix combining jazz with heavy metal! The music is schizophrenic and their dancing isn’t much better. Their bodies will not cooperate with the normal rhythms of life.  It’s overwhelming and irritating to say the least!

We see patients all the time who get hooked on painkillers due to legitimate chronic pain. Their dance moves are fast and jerky or even slow and apathetic. Beyond their poor form, they are petrified of getting off the drugs because they fear the pain will be even worse than when it first came on. They’re done! They limp off the ‘dance floor’ to a chair on the side to catch their breath hoping they don’t have to go back out and live in pain again.

Unfortunately, life keeps going. They have to learn how to get back on the dance floor of life and dance to a new tune. Our detox helps them do that. We are able to get them completely clean so they can start anew. Most times they hear a much more beautiful tune than when they came in and their feet naturally tap to the soothing sounds of recovery and natural pain management. In addition, we refer them to the appropriate aftercare counselors so they can gain emotional support as they make these important life changes. In many cases, their pain is not even as strong as they remember it to be. This puts a spring in their step and a new jig in their stride out on the dance floor of life!  

At The Coleman Institute, you matter to us!  If you or someone you love is in need of detox off of alcohol, opiates, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.  We're here for you!

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