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Opioid Epidemic: Freedom From Pain or Death Sentence?

April 15, 2015 - - 0 Comments

According to the CDC overdoses are now killing more Americans than car crashes. Opioid abuse and overdose deaths now exceed all other drug overdose deaths. The dramatic increase in opioid prescriptions, specifically for chronic pain, has skyrocketed. From 1997 to 2007, the milligram-per-person use of prescription opioids in the U.S. increased from 74 milligrams to 369 milligrams, an increase of 402%.

Many of these prescriptions have been given for chronic pain. However, the individuals that they’ve been given to may not even be obtaining significant benefit from opioids used to treat their condition. These individuals are quite likely to become addicted and that addiction exacerbates the problem that the drug was first prescribed for, in addition to creating another health crisis. In fact, it’s been noted that long-term treatment with opioids may actually induce an increase in pain sensitivity.

So if Opioids are horribly addictive, even deadly, and they can actually increase pain in some users, shouldn’t we be looking for some other alternatives?

Kratom is an herb that’s been used in Asian countries for centuries for its ability to decrease pain and allow workers to continue working. Willow bark is another herb that contains salicylin, which is found in Asprin. In addition, there are a number of alternatives being offered including, diet, exercise, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, nerve blocks, and so on. Also, there are other alternatives that try to work with the actual problem, and solve the source of the pain, rather than just medicate the symptoms.

All of these alternatives take a bit more time, education, and effort. It’s not as easy as taking a pill. Our society is conditioned to reach for a pill when we have a symptom. When we take a pill for every symptom, we deny the messages our bodies are trying to tell us. Perhaps having the pain, following it to the root, and discovering its cause is far more beneficial in the long run.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, please reach out to us today. There are counselors at the ready to assist you. Freedom is possible.

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