Back Pain and Opioid Dependence

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Did you know? Nearly 26 million Americans live with frequent back pain, as reported by WebMD. While many turn to over the counter medications for pain, others look to their primary care physician for relief. It’s in these instances that a large majority of individuals are prescribed an opioid medication, some of which include hydrocodone, oxycodone or a combination of an opioid pain reliever and acetaminophen. While these drugs are useful in relieving pain, they are best intended for short-term usage, and can become dangerous if abused. In fact, health officials have deemed opioid use and addiction as an epidemic.

Opioid dependence mostly occurs when medications are taken for too long, leading individuals to need more of the drug to produce the same effect. At the same time, individuals may feel as though they need the drug, even in the absence of pain. This is because when they stop taking the drug, they experience illness and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia, nausea or vomiting. For those that develop an addiction, they experience cravings for the drug, and seek ways to get more of it. For some, this includes visiting multiple doctors and even lying about their pain in order to get more.

The Grip Of Opioid Dependence

The web of addiction and opioid dependence is complicated at best, which is why medically supervised detoxification is necessary to safely and effectively remove patients from the grip of opioid dependence and improper usage.

Under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act, the medical providers at Allied Pain & Spine Institute are qualified to prescribe Suboxone, a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone that reduces withdrawal symptoms and relieves drug cravings. With four dosage strengths, treatment with Suboxone is tailored to an individual’s unique needs, and is part of a comprehensive program combining psychosocial support and counseling.

When patients experience freedom from their dependence on opioid medication, the team at Allied Pain & Spine Institute is well equipped to explore alternative forms of pain management that will minimize pain and maximize their function and strength.

Are you suffering from chronic back pain? Are you concerned about the long-term effects of opioid medications? Call Allied Pain & Spine Institute today to explore your options for customized pain management that is safe and will contribute to your overall wellness.

Posted on behalf of Allied Pain & Spine Institute