Some people feel validated to misuse opioid painkillers due to them having to live with body pain. It’s tragic to think people fall into prescription painkiller addiction simply because they are trying to escape pain and discomfort.

In the world of addiction treatment, this is a common theme. It’s one of the reasons that the addiction treatment community has evolved more towards addressing a client’s overall wellbeing. To be clear, the causes of someone’s addiction issues matter a great deal. Why? If a client understands what’s at that core of them abusing substances, it gives them a better chance for recovery.

In the sections below, we are going to discuss the importance of the recovery chiropractic concept and chiropractic therapies. We’ll also address how pain relief solutions and addiction treatment can help you deal with your addiction issues.

What Are Chiropractic Therapies?

The spine is the center of the human body. If something gets even the least bit out of alignment, it can cause discomfort and excruciating pain. The goods news is that a lot of alignment issues are correctable.

When someone is experiencing back pain or pain in their joints, they have several treatment options. If the issue is bad enough, the individual might need to go through a surgical procedure. The problem with this solution is every surgical procedure comes with risks.

If it’s at all possible, most people want to avoid surgery on their back and joints. That’s where a licensed chiropractor can play a significant role in relieving a patient’s pain. For the patient’s benefit, recovery chiropractic options and chiropractic therapies are preferable to surgery.

A good chiropractor is educated and experienced in hands-on manipulation of the body’s musculoskeletal system. By carefully adjusting areas of the spine and certain joints, they can get a patient’s skeletal system back into the right position. The effect of this is pain relief and better body function.

Before making adjustments, a responsible chiropractor will get images of the patient’s spine and or joints. They do this for two reasons. First, they need to identify the potential source of the patient’s pain. Second, they need to make sure it’s going to be safe to work in the area that needs adjusting.

The Benefits of Recovery Chiropractic Options

If a chiropractor successfully hits the target, the patient benefits by getting pain relief. It’s important to note that chiropractic care is not a quick fix. Some patients need to maintain regular visits to their chiropractor for months to get the desired effect. After that, they may need to make intermittent visits to their chiropractor to keep things in alignment.

The motivation to stay with chiropractic therapies and a recovery chiropractic solution is very high. If at the end of the day pain relief comes, that’s exactly what patients want and need.

There is another benefit that comes from chiropractic therapies. If successful, it stands to increase the quality of the patient’s life. They are usually able to move about freely, which opens the door to more activities and exercising. If patients can get back to exercising, their overall physical health might also get back to normal.

How Your Painkiller Addiction was Given Life

When you first started experiencing pain, you probably went to your doctor. They did the work necessary to come up with a diagnosis. If they felt the problem was manageable without surgery, they probably prescribed pain medication. They likely did this as a temporary measure to help you manage your pain until another solution was available.

You need to understand that prescription painkillers are never a permanent solution to pain issues. Doctors usually prescribe them as a temporary measure until a surgical procedure of chiropractic therapies can be implemented.

We know prescription painkillers are not a permanent solution because of the highly addictive nature of the drugs. Therein lies the source of your prescription painkiller addiction. While getting the pain relief you wanted, you likely became too reliant on your medication. If the source of your addiction was misusing your painkillers against your doctor’s instruction, your addiction is the consequence of your actions.

Before moving on, it would be misleading for us to imply that your addiction is only a result of prescription painkiller abuse. The reality is any number of substances could have contributed to your addiction. It’s just a matter of what substance you decided to misuse that tossed you into the cycle of addiction.

How Recovery Chiropractic Options and Chiropractic Therapies Can Help With Your Drug Addiction

Now that you understand how you likely became addicted to your substance of choice, it’s possible you can now see the value of recovery chiropractic options and chiropractic therapies.

Here’s what you need to consider. If you don’t address your pain issues, what’s going to happen after you complete treatment for your addiction? If the pain is still there and a primary source of your need to self-medicate, the likelihood of a relapse is high. That’s what recovery chiropractic options are all about. They exist to help you deal with your pain issues so you can focus on addressing other life issues like your addiction.

In the addiction treatment community, there is a concept that treatment professionals refer to as co-occurring disorders. By their definition, the term refers to a client who is suffering from integrated addiction and mental health issues. In reality, you have co-occurring disorders. The difference is you have a physical health issue that’s driving your addiction as opposed to a mental health issue.

Here’s the tricky part. If you first seek treatment for your addiction, you face the possibility of completing treatment but still having to deal with your pain issues. Conversely, addressing chiropractic therapies first would mean that your addiction issues would likely continue. Somehow, you need to get treatment for both problems at the same time.

The Integration of Recovery Chiropractic Care and Addiction Treatment

In our treatment center in Hobe Sound, FL, we have the means for addressing simultaneous problems. We can help you deal with your addiction issues while also giving you access to chiropractic therapies.

So far, we have been focusing on the chiropractic therapies side of the equation. It’s now time for us to discuss the addiction treatment side. For us, addiction treatment is a three-step process. The three steps are:

At this point, we would like to take you through these steps.

Detox Programs

If back/joint pain is a root cause of your addiction, it would be reasonable to assume your addiction involves pain medication. If that’s the case, there is a high degree of possibility that you will face dangerous withdrawal symptoms with abstinence.

If you are wondering how dangerous, take a look at these common withdrawals symptoms typically associated with opioid withdrawal:

  • Dangerously fast heart rate
  • Dangerously high blood pressure
  • Inability to concentrate and control body movements
  • Severe muscle cramping
  • Hallucinations, nightmares, convulsions, and body tremors
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Psychosis

As you can see, going through withdrawal is dangerous. The good news is we can employ a detox program, which we use to keep clients safe and comfortable as they go through withdrawal. If any client starts experiencing discomfort, our doctors have the option of using medical intervention.

Therapy/Counseling

After detoxing, you should be ready to start addiction therapy. You might also get an opportunity to start some chiropractic therapies as a means of addressing your body pain.

In therapy, you have one important goal. You need to learn the truth about your addiction. This can be done through individual, group, and family therapies.

Your therapy sessions are all about digging out the root causes of your addiction. We already know back/joint pain is one of the causes. However, we need to make sure we find anything else that is driving you to substance abuse. Once the root causes have been exposed, you would have a basis for developing the tools you need to better manage your issues.

Before addressing aftercare options, we want to discuss treatment options. Read ahead.

Inpatient Care

If your addiction is significant, we would recommend you go through inpatient or residential treatment. During the process, you would stay in the facility 24/7 for up to 90 days. During that time, you would participate in individual, group, and family therapy sessions.

During your downtime, you would get an opportunity to relax, meditate, and participate in recreational activities. You would also get an opportunity to enjoy whatever amenities the treatment facility has to offer.

Note: Should your addiction be severe, you might need to participate in a long term medical treatment program. With this option, you would be treated with tapering medications that would allow you to wean off drugs slowly and safely.

Outpatient Care

If for any reason the inpatient treatment option was impractical, an outpatient option would be the next best treatment alternative. During outpatient treatment, you would get the same level of care while living at home when not in therapy.

There are three primary outpatient options, which differ mostly based on the time you would need to spend in the facility. These three options are

  • General Outpatient (OP)/ suitable for recovery maintenance / one or two days a week for up to two hours a day
  • Intensive Outpatient (IOP) / suitable for moderate addiction issues / three to five days a week for up to six hours a day of therapy
  • Partial Hospitalization (PHP) / suitable for severe addiction issues / five to seven days a week for as many as eight hours a day (more if necessary)

It would be incumbent on the rehab’s administrative staff to prescribe the right outpatient treatment option based on the severity of your addiction. They would also take your chiropractic issues under advisement.

Aftercare Programs

After doing all the hard work to begin recovery, you will want access to resources to help you stay sober. A top treatment facility like ours will make sure you get the access you need. Common aftercare options include additional outpatient counseling, access to 12 Step programs (AA, NA), access to sober living communities, and alumni programs.

We hope you find this information useful. If you have legitimate pain and addiction issues, we can offer you the help you need. Please contact us as soon as possible for more information.

References 

https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/chiropractic-pain-relief#1

https://www.spine-health.com/treatment/chiropractic/what-a-chiropractor

https://www.healthline.com/health/opiate-withdrawal

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/effective-treatments-opioid-addiction

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