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Inpatient Chronic Pain Management Rehab Centers

Chronic pain from an accident, illness, or injury is a common cause of prescription drug dependence. But eliminating pain medication altogether is rarely the answer as chronic pain almost always requires some form of pharmacotherapy. Compassionate prescription drug addiction treatment for those in pain offers an integrated approach that includes pharmacotherapy, physical therapy, individual counseling, and group support.

If you are struggling with chronic pain while you cope with the challenges of addiction, rehab with pain management may be the solution you are looking for.

What Is Chronic Pain Management Rehab?

People who suffer from drug addiction and chronic pain concurrently often receive inadequate pain control compared to patients not experiencing addiction.1

For both legal and medical reasons, doctors may be hesitant to provide pain medications that can be habit-forming such as Dilaudid, Percocet, or Vicodin to patients who have a history of addiction. But when pain is severe, concerns about addiction must be balanced with finding the right level of pain relief. Inpatient drug rehab for chronic pain patients focuses on treating substance misuse while maximizing physical function without compromising pain control.

How Pain Control Becomes Addiction

Living with constant pain can have a crippling effect on your life, emotionally, physically, and socially. After a car accident, prolonged illness, or sports injury you may have trouble performing daily activities, finding stable employment, and maintaining relationships because of your pain. The end results of under-treated pain can include depression, isolation, substance misuse, and even suicide.

Getting the right level of treatment for pain is not as easy as it might seem. The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) calls pain a “silent epidemic” as more than 20% of U.S. adults (approximately 50 million) live with chronic pain on a daily basis.2-3

Pain control can turn into addiction when a patient begins to self-medicate in an effort to get sufficient relief. Prescription opioids may be combined with alcohol and drugs like marijuana or heroin. If you are not receiving the care you need to perform daily activities (such as grooming or working), turning to substance misuse may seem like the only alternative.

Pain Medication Alternatives

For many chronic pain patients, strong prescription pain medications can provide the relief they need to function in their day-to-day lives. But opioid pain medications can be habit-forming, and they are not necessarily the only solution. In inpatient drug rehab with pain management, you will receive an evaluation of your pain, combined with counseling about your alternatives.

According to the Partnership at Drugfree.org, physicians should consider the following non-addictive treatment options for chronic pain patients who have a history of opioid dependence:4

  • Non-opioid pain medications, such as those used to prevent seizures or treat depression.
  • Opioid replacement drugs that reproduce the effects of opioids at a lower level, like buprenorphine or methadone.
  • Psychological counseling and behavioral modification to address the causes of addiction and educate the patient in healthy coping strategies.
  • Opioid therapy in conjunction with a pain control contract that requires the patient to commit to certain conditions, like drug screening.

Complementary treatments like acupuncture, herbal therapy, hydrotherapy, and massage may be combined with pain medication to control your need for pharmaceuticals. Physical therapy can help patients who have been injured regain their maximum physical function. A knowledgeable therapist can provide instruction on how to optimize your activities to avoid pain.

Although psychotherapy and self-help groups cannot alleviate the physical sources of pain, these strategies can help you identify negative behaviors and thought patterns that contribute to addiction. Those struggling with addiction often get trapped in destructive self-talk, repeating messages like, “I’ll never get the help I need,” “No one cares about my pain,” or “I deserve to feel like this.” Modifying these internal messages can make a difference in the way you feel about yourself, your health, and your future.

Abusing alcohol and drugs can take a significant toll on your health. Chronic pain patients who are not getting the help they need may neglect their nutrition, stop attempting to exercise, and ignore the benefits of vitamin and mineral supplements. Drug rehab with pain management focuses on regaining your physical health as you address the sources of pain and look for productive solutions.

Knowing When to Seek Help

Living with pain can make it difficult to know when to seek help for substance misuse or dependence. If you are trying to control your pain, drug-seeking behavior does not necessarily mean that you are experiencing addiction. It could mean that your symptoms are under-treated and that you need a complete medical evaluation from a doctor who specializes in pain management. You may need drug or alcohol rehab as well as pain management if you:

  • Have come to rely on a combination of prescription pain medication, alcohol, and drugs just to be comfortable.
  • Cannot cut back on your alcohol or drug use, even though you want to.
  • Suffer from anger, depression, or mood swings because of your alcohol or drug use.
  • Seek pain medication from friends, buy opioid medications on the street, or try to see multiple doctors to get more medication.
  • Sell illicit or prescription drugs to get money to support your habit.
  • Have employment, legal, or relationship problems because of your substance use.

Getting Help for Addiction

American Addiction Centers (AAC) is a leading provider of inpatient and outpatient rehab treatment services. AAC is committed to supporting those struggling with addiction on their journey to recovery. If you are looking for information on addiction treatment and suffer from chronic pain, you can contact us 24/7 at to learn more about your treatment options.

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