The Stigma That Follows Opiate Users

The high increase of opiate use and abuse has caused problems for narcotic pain users that have no addictions with the utilization of the drugs, only relief. Because of the high rate of misuse by some, other suffers; suffer from the stigmatization of being addicts behind the use of opiates, on a regular basis.
Patients that were stable with their level of pain tolerance have faced the changes made through the CDC to help with the drug addictions. Now there is an increase in non-addictive patients being depressed and committing suicide because of the controlled regulations placed on the disbursement of narcotics, used for pain. Medications disbursed to pain patients are through a pain management facility, by a doctor that manages agonizing discomfort.

There are many different aspects of pain depending on the condition of what is causing the pain. Everyone does not opt only to try opiates; there are other alternative treatments that some try to find useful. These could be physical therapy, acupuncture, epidural steroid injections, nerve block injections, burning nerves and the last option is, surgery. There is the risk for these short-term solutions, and that is they do not work for all patients. All patients do not find relief with the alternative medicines, especially since everyone metabolizes drugs differently.

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Info-graphic explains the different approaches to pain management for chronic pain.
Image: Cynthia Gladden

Everyone’s body is different, and it may not respond to the various treatments according to their metabolism and how it absorbs and breaks down the opiates in their body and how well the body accepts the minimally invasive procedures, described as alternative methods. Pain patients can try many methods including self-management; this is to be aware of the different things that could cause the body to a flare-up in pain. Know what your triggers are to help keep your body as pain-free as possible.

As a person attempts to self-manage their pain levels, many patients find that they still need the opiates to be able to function throughout the day. Even though there is a crisis among addictions, some people will take the meds as prescribed and try the alternative methods, and that does not make them an addict for wanting to be as free from pain as possible. The alternative methods work for some and not for others, and people that live in chronic pain still believe in full active life styles.

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