The way in which we address the opioid epidemic relies heavily on the individual who is being treated. That is, treating opioid abuse has to start with a deeper understanding of that person’s unique situation and, as is highly relevant to the subject, their tolerance for and reaction to pain.
An Individual Approach to Treating Opioid Abuse
Some health professionals are saying that “being knowledge about a patient’s personality is essential to assessing what, if any, opioid treatment he truly needs.” Depending on the person and their pain tolerance, doctors may have to choose whether or not the risks associated with these prescription pills are worth the relief. For those with a higher tolerance, it may not be necessary to offer the addiction-prone drugs. For those who are more unused to pain and ill-equipped to deal with it, there may be more considerations.
“Focusing on the patient, not the pain” is the motto associated with this way of thinking about treating opioid abuse. Someone who suffers from chronic pain may accept a prescription, but may not take them for the entire length of time that they were allotted, or even the complete dosage. Others may be cynical of alternate methods to pain relief and could be at greater risk for taking these drugs longer and in heavier doses than the former example.
Really, those who have the power to give out these pills have to carefully scrutinize each case. Every person who comes into their office has different circumstances and, of course, a different personality, and these variables can make all the difference in the world. “Difficult” patients and “easy” patients both have their reasons for either accepting or turning down prescription pills, and though those reasons may not be excuse enough, they are to be considered.
In an example from our source, two men engage in treatment that includes opioids, but one is “determined to avoid drug dependence ” while the other seems to have no concerns about the possibility of developing an addiction. It’s too simple to say that nobody needs relief from pain, or that alternate methods can work for everyone, but there are always avenues in which people, with the help of others, can avoid develop an addiction to opioids.
For those who are already suffering from this brand of substance abuse, there must be comprehensive relief. In an effort to overcome physical pain, a serious and potentially life-threatening addiction is not a suitable compromise. With all of the data and case studies at their disposal, health professionals need to work harder than ever to find ways to support these people without guiding them toward an inevitable addiction.
There are a lot of questions and not many answers when it comes to treating opioid abuse. There are multiple health crises within this country alone, so it can seem difficult to allot the kind of time and resources need to this issue, but this is a huge one that both needs and deserves attention from our doctors and lawmakers. Without action, and soon, people will continue to face the choice between pain and addiction without many other alternatives. To get professional help if you’re suffering from an addiction of any kind, contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction. We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.
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