Tips for Surviving the Latest Opioid Crackdown

Source: Pain Pathways

In light of the recent crackdown on opioid prescription drugs, doctors are now faced with stricter guidelines for prescribing the narcotic drug. This means that the millions of people who rely on opioids to reduce their chronic pain may have to go through a harder time to get them. Here are some tips to help you get through if your doctor is no longer able to prescribe you opioids. 

1. Don’t panic.

For anyone who relies on their medication to get through the day, it can be heartbreaking when your doctor is no longer able to prescribe opioids. But it’s important not to panic. Don’t just settle for every new drug or procedure that comes along thinking it will reduce your pain. Picking a medical treatment out of desperation can lead to severe consequences. 

2. Spend your money wisely.

When opioids are no longer available to treat chronic pain, many patients turn to alternative treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic or massage. But these methods can be expensive, and many insurance companies do not cover them so that you will be paying for a majority of these sessions out of pocket. Some of them might not even work for you. Talk to a doctor about what forms of alternative therapy could benefit your condition before spending the money on it.

3. Ask your doctor about medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

Medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, is a program designed for people who have been on opioids for a long time and are not prepared to go off them. The program uses medication assistance rather than detox to help patients wean themselves off their prescription drugs. 

4. Do your homework.

Unfortunately, chronic pain is not entirely understood, and many doctors have a hard time identifying its cause. Now is a good time for you to take matters into your own hand to determine what’s really going on. If you have been using opioids to treat tight muscles, stress, panic attacks or stiff joints, there may be room for recovery by identifying the triggers.

5. Think outside of the box.

There are easy ways to treat pain outside of taking a pill. Keeping an active lifestyle and eating anti-inflammatory foods should help. Certain foods are naturally pain-relieving. Consult with a nutrition expert to decide what foods will help your condition.