The Problem with the Opioid Problem

Karen Gray CH, RN
Submitted 8 months ago
Hartford, VT

Pain is a part of life. It sounds like a cliche, but in reality, people experience pain all the time.  When the pain becomes strong enough to interfere with life, we go to our doctors.  During the ten minutes that the doctor has to address your pain, it is very likely that they will write you a prescription for pain medications and order physical therapy.

To give an example of how big the problem of pain really is, we can look at one specific type of pain. An alarming twenty-six million patients report frequent or persistent back pain. Unfortunately, most physicians’ methods for treating back pain, including surgery, are unsuccessful, either because they fail to address the underlying causes of pain, or because they ignore the psychological component that accompanies all pain. And, as we have seen all too often, the result of improperly treating pain is the prescribing of stronger and stronger opioids.

Whatever the reason, when pain is not adequately addressed, and an individual is left dependent on opioid pain medications to function, there will likely come a point in time when there are no more prescription opiates available, and the person must either choose to suffer with the pain, or to self-medicate with other, more harmful substances.


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About the Author: Karen Gray is a Registered Nurse, Certified Hypnotist, and Director of Green Mountain Hypnosis. For more information on how hypnosis is used to manage pain and improve quality of life, email, or call (802) 566-0464.


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