Texans understand wildfires; there is a difference between containment and control of a blaze. Containment is the measure, in percentage, of how much of the fire is surrounded and its spread stopped. Control is a whole other ballgame; it’s the switch from defense to offense – when the perimeter is fully outlined and expected to hold.
In the inferno that is the opioid epidemic, the flames have licked us coast to coast, and virtually everyone knows someone who has been burned by addiction or overdose. For many, the addictions began after chronic pain medicines transformed prescription users into desperate abusers.
Now that the government is passing bipartisan legislation to begin to contain the opioid epidemic on the perimeter, several alternative pain treatments have been developed to help extinguish overuse at its epicenter.
The Centers for Disease Control emphasizes clinicians need to openly brainstorm with patients about whether to start or continue opioid therapy. Part of the issue with addiction being a disease is that – like any other disease – addictive genes can be hereditary. Compounded with a person’s environment and personal stressors, the threat of becoming addicted to a drug can be more imminent for one person than another.
The CDC warns that, “given potentially serious risks of long-term opioid therapy, clinicians should ensure that patients are aware of potential benefits of, harms of, and alternatives to opioids.”
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), “nonopioid therapy is preferred for treatment of chronic pain.” Here are a few alternatives to high potency, long-acting painkiller medications.
Jeanmarie Perrone, M.D., professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pennsylvania cautions against the 12-hour painkiller. “I’m really concerned about the number of very high-dose opioids on the market, and this is just another high-dose drug,” she said.
Sovereign Health of Texas uses a biopsychosocial assessment to customize treatment specific to each individual with substance abuse or a dual diagnosis of addiction and mental disorder. No matter if you’ve come to a dark place through substance use or mental breakdown, Sovereign uses cognitive and alternative therapies to overcome the firestorm and give you back control of your life. Call for more info.
Sovereign Health Group staff writer Kristin Currin-Sheehan is a mindful spirit swimming in metaphysical pools with faith as her compass. Her cover: a 30s-something Cinderella breadwinner of an all-sport blended family. Her repertoire includes writing poetry, lifestyle articles and TV news; editing, radio production and on-camera reporting. For more information and other inquiries about this media, contact the author at email@example.com.
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