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Chronic Back Pain and Alcohol Addiction

Chronic back pain is a complex problem that is entirely different from acute pain. Acute pain begins suddenly and is usually sharp. It can last from a few minutes to a few months, but eventually it goes away when the cause of the pain has been treated. In contrast, chronic back pain persists even after an injury has healed. Sometimes, however, people experience chronic pain even though they have not experienced an injury. Chronic back pain also occurs when there is an ongoing reason for the pain, like arthritis. According to Psychology Today, chronic pain is related to signals in the brain and may be driven as much by emotions and thoughts as by a concrete cause in the body. Even though chronic back pain may not have a discernible cause, the pain is still very real.

Many people who suffer from chronic back pain turn to alcohol to alleviate their pain symptoms. However, many people develop a tolerance to alcohol and require increased amounts to produce the same relief. As the amount increases, so does the likelihood of physical and emotional dependence, as well as addiction.

Drug-Free Therapies for Pain Management

Fortunately, many techniques exist to help manage chronic back pain without the use of alcohol. However, before you start any pain management therapies, you need to discuss them with your physician or pain management team. The following are some alternative treatment methods:

  • Massage: According to an article in Time Magazine, a massage is a great way to relieve pain. A massage is a way to access the actual pain points in a positive way. While getting a massage from a licensed and trained therapist is best, even the occasional back rub from a family member can help.
  • Psychotherapy: According to Psych Central, psychotherapy can not only help a person cope with chronic back pain, but can also actually reduce the pain. People who go to therapy have reported lessened depression and a higher quality of life related to their chronic pain. In addition, those people reported a reduction in their actual experience of pain itself.
  • Exercise: When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, a chemical that improves mood and blocks pain signals. In addition, exercise strengthens muscles and relieves stress in the body.
  • Nutrition: According to Psychology Today, some foods may make chronic pain better or worse, depending on the individual and the type of chronic pain. Researchers suggest keeping a food log to determine which foods increase or decrease pain.

There are many other options for dealing with chronic back pain without the assistance of drugs. Talk to your doctor to discuss other options.

Getting Help for Addiction

If you or a loved one needs help with an addiction associated with chronic back pain, we can help. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline now. You can talk with an addiction recovery specialist who can help you determine the best treatment for your unique needs. Start on the road to recovery by calling us today.