In this episode, I’m going to provide 7 natural ways to manage chronic pain in recovery.
Often when we go to the doctor, the first option for pain relief is medication. However, this may not be the best option if you are recovering from severe addiction and the benefits of using opioids for pain relief may not outweigh the risks.
If you are recovering from opioid addiction, pain management in recovery can be a complex challenge. Many people in recovery choose to avoid prescription medications like opioids. However, dealing with chronic pain daily can make sobriety difficult and relapse more likely.
Fortunately, there are many different natural pain relief methods and treatments that are just as effective as medication, without all the harmful side effects or potential for relapse.
“Natural” pain relief methods are holistic treatment methods that do not involve prescription medication like opioids, antidepressants, or other over-the-counter medications that could potentially be abused.
If you struggle with chronic pain and you’re in recovery, there are several different types of holistic or natural pain management methods that may help you adjust to a life of sobriety. Here are seven effective ones.
2. Massage Therapy
3. Physical Therapy
4. Mindfulness Meditation
6. Individual and Group Counseling
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