One of the main concerns men and women entering recovery for painkiller addiction might face is how to alleviate pain without the use of pharmaceuticals. Many opiate addicts are initially prescribed painkillers to treat chronic pain or serious injuries, and become addicted to the medications they are prescribed based on a combination of addictive qualities (of the drugs) and addictive personalities (of the individuals). Fortunately for those who may be kicking painkiller addiction while still living with pain, there are many natural ways to kill pain without turning to the (pill) bottle.
All Natural Ways to Relieve Pain
Not only is meditation good for chronic pain reduction, but it is also a proven way to manage symptoms. If you are new to meditation and aren’t sure where to start, begin with simple breathing exercises.
Yoga is great for lower back pain, arthritis, and migraines. Yoga is known to be successful in reducing pain in large part because it promotes relaxation and reduces stress, which worsens pain significantly.
Massage is great for surgery-related pains as well as fibromyalgia, tension headaches, and neck and back pains. Massage therapy boosts serotonin and endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Changing the way you think about your aches and pains can in turn greatly reduce them. CBT has proven the most effective way to treat chronic pain without the use of medication.
Acupuncture not only helps with chronic migraines and tension headaches, it can also help to relieve back pain, fibromyalgia, and pain caused by arthritis. This practice helps relieve pain while improving the overall function of the central nervous system.
Herbs are an age-old remedy for nearly anything, so it makes sense that at least several help immensely with chronic pain. Ginger, turmeric, and St. John’s Wort have anti-inflammatory properties that all aid greatly in pain reduction.
No matter where your pain or how intense, there are many ways to greatly reduce and ease whatever discomfort you are experiencing.