We understand how difficult it can be to stay sober while experiencing the unpleasant and all-consuming symptoms associated with chronic pain. The good news is that we have had ample success in providing alternative pain management techniques that are just as effective – if not more effective – than narcotic pain medications. During the medically monitored detox portion of our multi-phased approach to addiction treatment, clients might be given a non-habit-forming pain medication like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Clients might also be given anti-inflammatory drugs when deemed necessary, or other medications – like suboxone – to help alleviate the physical pain associated with symptoms of withdrawal. These medications are extremely effective for individuals in medical detox, however, when an individual transfers to the inpatient treatment phase of addiction recovery he or she is thoroughly introduced to a much broader range of effective and extremely safe pain management techniques.
The US National Library of Medicine published a study titled, “Treating Pain in Addicted Patients: Recommendations from an Expert Panel.” The study explains that when a professional clinician is faced with treating chronic pain in an individual who has been suffering from substance abuse, there are many factors to consider. Unfortunately, many clinicians who do not have a personal background in addiction still go for the “quick fix” and prescribe an addictive, opioid pain reliever. At Princeton Detox and Recovery Center we have extensive experience treating chronic pain and addiction at the same time – and we never prescribe potentially habit-forming medications. Instead, we take an integrated and holistic approach.