Q: If I struggle with chronic pain and also have Addiction, does this mean that I cannot receive any medication therapy and need to suffer in pain for the rest of my life?
A: Absolutely not! Having Addiction as well as chronic pain means that it is important you have healthcare practitioners who have familiarty and expertise in both areas and can work with you to find a medication regimen that is effective for pain management but not contraindicated for Addiction. Typically this will mean avoiding benzodiazipines but there are lots of other medications out there that can aide pain relief. In addition to medication, exploring alternate ways to take care of your emotional, physical, social, and spiritual self would be recommended for lifelong recovery and pain management.