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Chronic Pain Sufferers and How to Beat Addiction


Opioid abuse claims tens of thousands of lives every year, and the devastation has only spread. The nation now faces an unprecedented drug abuse epidemic. How bad is the situation? What can individuals and communities do to beat back addiction and regain control over their lives? Keep reading to learn more about the problem and the solutions. To learn more, please visit – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Chronic Pain Sufferers and How to Beat Addiction

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  • Ten years ago, opioid abuse was a national health
    problem. Now its an epidemic.
  • Drug overdose has become the leading cause of
    accidental death in the United States, killing an
    average of 115 Americans every day and addicting
    many more.1
  • Opioids account for a large percentage of those
  • Drug rehabilitation programs are the nations
    best hope for a bright future, along with more
    enlightened pain management strategies for
    substance abuse patients.

  • Between 1999 and 2016, there was a fivefold
    increase in the number of opioid overdose
  • In 2016, 64,000 people died as a result of drug
    overdoses. Synthetic opioids like Fentanyl caused
    20,000 of those deaths.
  • 2 million Americans suffer from a substance use
    disorder involving prescription pain relievers.2
  • Americans consume 80 percent of the entire global
    opioid supply, even though they make up only 5
    percent of the worlds population.3

  • Some people use drugs for recreation, but many
    take opioids for chronic pain.
  • Approximately 100 million Americans suffer from
    chronic pain, and it costs the country an
    estimated 560 to 635 billion per year.4
  • Statistics show that doctors are prescribing more
    painkillers than ever, yet theres no evidence
    that Americans are in greater pain than they were
    decades ago.5
  • Between 1999 to 2014, opioid prescription sales
  • Many experts believe the surge in prescriptions
    has led to the opioid epidemic.

  • In spite of the increase in prescriptions, there
    is no evidence that opioids are an effective
    treatment for chronic pain.
  • Research suggests they improve neither function
    nor quality of life.6
  • One study showed that people felt no difference
    in pain after they quit opioids. Some even
    reported a decrease in the level of pain.
  • Although painkillers may be appropriate for those
    who suffer from terminal or debilitating diseases
    like cancer, they can cause more harm than good
    when given for the wrong reasons.7

  • Heroin
  • An illegal substance derived from morphine, its
    one of the most dangerous drugs on the streets.
    People often turn to heroin because its
    relatively cheap when compared with prescription
  • Oxycodone
  • A semi-synthetic prescription narcotic used to
    treat moderate to severe pain, it is known to be
  • Hydrocodone
  • A semi-synthetic opioid derived from codeine and
    used to ease moderate to severe pain, hydrocodone
    is one of the most commonly prescribed
  • Codeine
  • A cough suppressant as well as a narcotic,
    codeine can relieve mild to moderate pain but
    also carries with it a risk of dependence.
  • Morphine
  • Derived from the poppy plant, morphine is the
    primary component in many other opioid products
    and a highly addictive pain reliever on its own.
  • Fentanyl
  • One of the most powerful narcotics in the world,
    Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than

  • Recognize the Problem
  • You cant conquer a problem unless youre aware
    of it. The first step is to acknowledge that you
    have a disease and that you need medical
  • Seek Help
  • Start with a friend, family member or substance
    abuse counselor. Ask for advice and see if they
    know any good treatment programs.
  • Start Treatment
  • Many people have to undergo medically supervised
    detox and full residential treatment before
    transitioning to some form of outpatient
    treatment and eventually independent sober

  • You have a few options when it comes to drug
    intervention programs
  • Inpatient Treatment
  • For those who need medically supervised detox and
    long-term residential care.
  • Partial Hospitalization
  • A more comprehensive daytime treatment program
    for those who need a stepping stone before moving
    on to outpatient treatment.
  • Intensive Outpatient Program
  • Another intermediate step between residential
    care and outpatient treatment, an IOP offers more
    structure and greater intensity.
  • Outpatient Treatment
  • People sign up for outpatient treatment after
    they have completed more intensive treatment or
    if they need greater flexibility and

  • Which type of substance abuse program you enter
    depends on a number of factors, including
  • Your previous treatment history
  • The severity of your addiction
  • Your overall health
  • Your flexibility
  • Your financial situation
  • Your health insurance coverage
  • Your wishes

We offer a full continuum of care programs, from
inpatient rehab and partial hospitalization to
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