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The Opioid Addiction: How to Beat Pain Without It

By Genevieve Cunningham

Our world sometimes seems like a scary place. There are problems and issues hitting us from all angles. Our leadership is controversial, the economy is unstable, and drug use is rampant. While there is little we can do in many areas of this crazy life, there is one area that we may be able to control. One of the biggest and fastest growing drug problems in this country revolves around opioid abuse and addiction. And since this is a common problem among pain patients, the answer may be in finding another pain management method. If you suffer from chronic pain, but you’re unwilling to join in the opioid problem, take a look at what you may be able to do to feel better without the pills.

What’s the Deal With Opioids?

If you’re not currently dependent on opioids, you may not really understand the dangers that are associated with them. Most cases of opioid addiction or dependence actually begin with a legitimate prescription. People are prescribed an opiate-based pain pill, and they take it as prescribed. Unfortunately, as time wears on, the body becomes tolerant of the current amounts of the drug and demands more in order to feel the pain-relieving effects. This leads to higher and higher doses of the drug, which eventually leads to addiction, as well as withdrawal symptoms once the drug use is ceased.

What are the Side Effects?

Besides addiction, opioid use can bring about some nasty side effects. Those who use these drugs may experience nausea, headaches, confusion, sleepiness, digestive issues, and many others. This does not include the possibility of true addiction or the almost intolerable side effects that come with withdrawal. 

So What’s the Answer to Chronic Pain?

While some instances may truly call for short-term use of pain pills, there are other methods that may help you deal with chronic pain -- such as chiropractic care. Chiropractors focus on the health of the spine. They gently manipulate the vertebrae in order to remove restrictions, thus eliminating both pain and tension. Many use this form of care as a long-term pain management plan, as it is highly effective, natural, noninvasive, and allows you to skip the problems associated with long-term opioid consumption.

If you’re ready to give chiropractic care a try in your life, visit with chiropractors at The Joint. But what makes The Joint the place to go? For starters, you’ll get to meet with chiropractors who truly care about your health and well-being. And then to make the process easy and stress-free, you can also use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing. Opioids are not always the answer. Get pain relief in a natural way beginning with a quick trip to The Joint today.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pasadena, Ca.

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