Managing Pain and Avoiding Addiction

Most people undergo a lot of pain after certain medical procedures such as surgery. They are therefore given pain killing medication so as to be able to manage the tremendous pain. However not all patients manage their pain effectively and after a while they cannot live without popping a pill. Thousands of Americans rely on prescription painkillers for the relief of pain and discomfort from ailments such as headaches, menstrual cramps, surgery recovery or lingering pain from an injury. Unfortunately however, for many, this reliance on medication can easily and unknowingly turn into physical dependence. The scary fact is that the most commonly prescribed drugs including OxyContin, Vicodin, Methadone,  Darvocet, Lortab, Lorcet and  Percocet, while offering relief from pain, can also cause individuals' bodies to start "needing" the drugs in order to feel normal, and the result is the new, even more challenging situation of chemical dependency.

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