Pain Medication Abuse & Addiction
The 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that approximately 7 million people currently use mood altering prescription drugs for non-medical purposes. The results have been disastrous. In 2009 more Americans died from the misuse of prescription drugs than motor vehicle accidents and deaths resulting from overdosing on prescription pain medication have tripled over the last decade.
Yet the problem of chronic pain is very real for millions of Americans.
Chronic pain is an ongoing or recurrent pain, lasting beyond the usual course of acute illness or injury or more than 3 to 6 months—which adversely affects the individual’s well-being and quality of life. Chronic pain may arise from an injury, an ongoing cause such as illness, or there may be no identifiable cause. It is often accompanied by other health problems, such as:
- Sleep disturbance
- Decreased appetite
- Anxiety disorder
Chronic pain affects about 100 million American adults—more than the total affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. The societal cost attributable to chronic pain in the U.S. is estimated at $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity.
The personal experience of chronic pain is difficult to describe. Most patients feel as if they are losing control of their lives. Mood swings, sleep deprivation, restlessness, hopelessness, isolation and despair are common symptoms. For many, the use of powerful pain medications seems like the only answer—yet the risk of overdose, abuse and addiction are well documented.
If you are suffering from chronic pain or the overuse of prescription pain medication, RiverMend Health’s pain and addiction program provides a treatment plan specifically tailored to the unique needs of those who have developed a dependency on prescription medication. We bring together leading doctors and clinicians in drug use disorders and addiction medicine to form a nationwide network of addiction treatment and rehabilitation centers.
Our doctors, who hold board certifications in both pain management and addiction medicine, possess the skills and experience to effectively evaluate and manage chronic pain. Our recovery programs offer healthy, alternative methods to pain management, allowing our patients to get back to leading a productive, happy, and fulfilled life.
Our individualized treatment program includes:
- Expert medical care by physicians whom are board certified in addiction medicine and psychiatry
- Medically managed detoxification
- Comprehensive medical, psychiatric, neurological, and psychological evaluation
- Evidence-based individualized treatment programs that include educational and therapy groups, individual counseling, structured exercise, nutrition counseling, spiritual care and 12-step programs
- Alternative pain management modalities and medication management
Get Help Now
Call (877) 879-3312 to speak to a RiverMend pain medication abuse and addiction expert. Our compassionate, friendly staff will guide you through a free phone consultation, discuss your treatment options, and schedule an in-person evaluation from a physician at one of our RiverMend Health pain medication addiction treatment centers.