Chronic Pain & Addiction (what's the solution?)

Updated: Jul 22, 2019

What do you do if chronic pain and addiction coexist?

There are 3 possible options for managing chronic pain when you also have a history of addiction. This is a serious dilemma, and there are no perfect solutions, but managing your pain and your addiction at the same time is possible!

Option 1: For those that struggle with chronic pain, it’s really important to differentiate dependence and truly needing the subscribed pain medication.

Dependence indicates that you need the drug in order to function physically or psychologically. It can take a few weeks to withdraw off of pain pills for you to know the difference.

Option 2: Talk to your physician about an antidepressant. This medication will help to stop fixation on the pain and stop obsessing over it. An antidepressant decreases pain without taking something addictive.

Option 3: Talk to your physician about a maintenance type medication like; Suboxone, Subutex, and Sublocade. These can even things out and make the pain a lot more tolerable without the withdrawal effects. We made a video on the explanation of these three medications HERE.

When the medication you’re taking to manage pain become a danger to your health and well-being, it’s time to explore seeking help.


I'm not a physician, and STRONGLY advise you to talk with your DOCTOR before making any decisions.

Amber Hollingsworth,

Hope for Families Recovery Center

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