Chronic Back Pain and Alcohol Addiction

Chronic Back Pain and Alcohol AddictionChronic pain can cause an individual to search for any remedy to alleviate the pain. The following are some examples of how chronic pain can lead to addiction:

  • Self-medication: Many people try several methods to alleviate pain until it becomes unbearable. They may then turn to drugs or alcohol in order to self-mediate their pain. Even when individuals are prescribed medications to deal with pain, these drugs can lead to addiction and cause severe health side effects if they are taken in excess.
  • Increased pain: As pain increases, so does the desire to alleviate it. If pain becomes too severe, individuals may resort to alternative methods to help reduce the pain.
  • Loss of insurance due to injury: If an injury causes an interruption in work or an individual’s hours get reduced, this can cause a loss or change in insurance coverage. An individual may then resort to alternative pain remedies other than prescriptions received by a doctor.

Any of these reasons can lead an individual to abuse alcohol.

Manage Chronic Pain without Alcohol

Individuals can help alleviate pain by avoiding certain actions; however, sometimes these actions cannot be avoided. If this is the case, individuals need alternative ways to manage pain without resorting to alcohol abuse. The following are some examples of how to manage chronic pain without using addictive substances:

  • Going to the chiropractor
  • Attending physical therapy
  • Practicing strength building exercises

Although not all doctors or medical personnel agree with chiropractic techniques, chiropractors have been known to help alleviate pain by maneuvering the body and making adjustments. Individuals are often sore for the first few days after. However, these individuals find after the soreness has worn off they feel much better. Physical therapy can help strengthen back muscles and other muscles that have become weak due to injury. Physical therapy can also help an individual learn different lifting techniques, such as strength building, or even sitting techniques to help alleviate pain.

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