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Written by Brandon Okey. Mina Draskovic, B.Psy., reviewed this content for accuracy.

You’re struggling with a painkiller addiction. It started after you received opioids for chronic pain. Now, you’re ready to quit using. What pain management techniques can help you with the discomfort to prevent a recurrence of the dependency?

Alternative Pain Management Techniques May Eliminate the Need for Opioids

Alternative Pain Management Techniques May Eliminate the Need for OpioidsDoctors like to prescribe painkillers because they work well. They interrupt the pain signals that your body sends to the brain. However, these nervous system depressants have high addiction potentials. Therefore, someone with a chemical dependency shouldn’t use them. That said, you don’t have to keep suffering from pain. For example, did you know that some forms of pain have psychological roots? Psychiatric care can help you deal with stressors that so far translate into unpleasant physiological discomfort. Physical therapy is another modality that assists you with broadening your range of motion and ability to overcome pain. Meditation is a holistic treatment that offers many applications. It focuses on breathing techniques that help you deal with stressors. Yoga adds safe stretches to the mix. Other options include massage and acupuncture.

What Happens If You Tried Opioids and Developed an Addiction?

Many people start with opioids rather than alternative pain management techniques. They worked well, but you realize that you now have a dependency in addition to chronic pain. There’s hope. Detoxification and subsequent rehab help you with the addiction. Modalities include:
  • Drug detox programs that provides for holistic methods or pharmacological support for pain and craving management
  • Reiki as an alternative to medication for pain reduction
  • Mindfulness training, which focuses on stress management
  • Individual therapy as well as group therapy sessions
  • Behavioral therapy to assist you in making changes in dysfunctional patterns that contribute to drug abuse
The goal is to wean you off the pain pills. Next, you undergo counseling and treatment for the development of a comprehensive pain management regimen. Experiencing these care options concurrently is a good idea. They allow you to get a good handle on pain care while you end a chemical dependency. Besides that, you learn to avoid secondary addictions. Due to the depressive nature of alcohol, it’s not unusual for some people to exchange pain pills for drinks. Therefore, addiction education helps you understand the processes that lead to dependency. Furthermore, you develop coping skills and tools that can help you manage pain and cravings differently.

It’s Never Too Late to Get Help

It doesn’t matter if you developed an opioid addiction three months or three years ago. There’s always a way out of dependency. Work with addiction treatment specialists who can customize a care protocol that meets your individual needs. They meet you at your point of need and help you grow to achieve your goals. Find out more about alternative pain management techniques from the specialists at the Ardu Recovery Center. Learn what it means to rise up again without the chains of chemical addiction. Contact Ardu Recovery Center today at 801-810-1234 to connect with a treatment specialist.  
Brandon Okey

Brandon Okey is the co-founder of Ardu Recovery Center and is dedicated to empowering people on their journey to sobriety.