The prescription narcotics known as opioids play a fundamental role in helping people recover from surgery or serious injuries. However, they carry a high potential for abuse when misused. In fact, a 2015 study by the Mayo Clinic found that 25% of patients who are prescribed prescription opioids such as hydrocodone (Vicodin) and oxycodone (Percocet) end up with long-term usage patterns that put them at risk of dependence. Patients with a history of tobacco use or other substance abuse struggles are most at risk of developing an addiction.
In recent news, orthopedic surgeons concerned about the dangers of opioid use are experimenting with new approaches to pain relief in rotator cuff surgeries. These pain relief strategies include injecting a non-addictive anesthetic at the base of the neck, implanting a catheter under the skin to deliver anesthetic doses for the initial days after surgery, and using wearable icing devices to reduce pain and swelling. Their goal is to help patients transition to over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol within a few days.
Stopping Addiction Before It Starts
Although the general public often considers all medications prescribed by a doctor to be safe, opioid addiction is a serious public health issue. The National Institutes on Drug Abuse report that opioid analgesic poisoning is a more commonly cited cause of death than heroin or cocaine overdose.
Rotator cuff surgery is widely considered one of the most difficult for recovery. If orthopedic surgeons are successful in reducing the need for opioids after this procedure, these techniques could help save many people from the pain of addiction.
Getting Help for an Opioid Addiction
If you’ve been prescribed opioids and are using your medication for reasons other than pain relief, taking higher doses than what your doctor recommends, experiencing cravings, or lying to friends and family about medication use, you may have a substance abuse problem. Christian Rehab Network can help you get the treatment you need: offering interventions, referrals to faith-based facilities, and spiritual guidance when addiction seems overwhelming.
Call a Christian rehab specialist at 877-310-9545 today, and learn more about taking your first step toward a redeemed future.