Pain ups stress and stress worsens pain – and BOTH increase relapse risks. Learn how to control stress to manage pain.
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Should you take opioids? Pain and addiction go hand-in-hand. Learn why pain ups addiction risks and who’s most at risk to develop a problem.
Read on to learn how to reduce pain and disability, avoid mental illness and achieve greater quality of life.
Scared to use opioids? Worried about overdose, addiction or diversion? Well for most people, cutting your risks substantially is as easy as following the 8 recommendations from the American Academy of Pain Medicine.
Don't consider (continue) chronic opioid therapy unless you can answer the following 10 questions.
Worried about taking opioids or wondering how you’ll manage pain without them? Here are 42 largely side-effect free pain interventions to try.
Changing your thinking can make a huge difference to your outlook, mood and disability level. CBT is research proven and gets you results in a hurry.
Does your pain limit your quality of life severely enough to warrant opioid treatment? If on opioids, do they improve your quality of life enough to justify their risks? Test yourself to find out.
Pain leads to relapse, but opioids are dangerous for people with substance use disorders or addiction histories. Get pain relief while reducing your relapse risks by following SAMHSA’s opioid guidelines.
In pain? Your attitude predicts more about your long-term chances of future pain and disability than your disease or your current pain level.
Do you use opioids (or does someone you love)? It’s so easy to slide from responsible use to dangerous misuse. Test yourself to make sure you’re not falling into addiction.
Three opioid addiction treatment options for people with chronic pain – including options for people who still need opioids for analgesia.
Learn how opioids can lead to depression, how depression worsens pain and what to do when you have both pain and depression.