Reducing Pain and Relapse Risks by Controlling Stress

Pain ups stress and stress worsens pain – and BOTH increase relapse risks. Learn how to control stress to manage pain.

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Understand Pain Self Management – 14 Ways to Take Control of Pain © Malloreigh

Read on to learn how to reduce pain and disability, avoid mental illness and achieve greater quality of life.

The 8 Commandments of Safe and Responsible Opioid Use © Zeston

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.

Use Opioids for Chronic Pain? Make Sure You Can Answer the Following 10 Questions © Alessandro Baffa

Don't consider (continue) chronic opioid therapy unless you can answer the following 10 questions.

Reduce Your Opioid Use - 42 Pain Management Alternatives to Consider © Glen Scott

Worried about taking opioids or wondering how you’ll manage pain without them? Here are 42 largely side-effect free pain interventions to try.

Self Test: How Much Does Pain Affect Your Quality of Life? © Helga Weber

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.

Chronic Pain Opioid Guidelines for People with Active Addiction, People in Recovery and People on MAT © Peasap

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.

Pain Catastrophizing – Does Your Negative Attitude Worsen Your Pain? © KarinalnTO

In pain? Your attitude predicts more about your long-term chances of future pain and disability than your disease or your current pain level.

15 Signs Your Opioid Use Is Becoming Opioid Abuse © B Tal

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.

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  • Pain and Addiction: Opioids are risky for people in recovery, but uncontrolled pain is also a serious relapse trigger. Fortunately, non-opioid based forms of pain management can provide significant relief.
  • Opioids and Depression: People with chronic pain face a substantially elevated depression risk. Research indicates that longer use of higher opioid doses increases this mental illness risk.
  • Psychological Therapies for Pain: Pain begins in the body but it affects the mind and spirit as well. Psychological therapies, like cognitive behavioral therapy, are research proven to reduce pain.
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