Surgeons Using Non-Narcotic Pain Treatment to Reduce Opioid Dependency

newdoc1With millions of people abusing opioid painkillers throughout the country each year, there are many societal adjustments taking place to try and curb the use of these drugs. For example, there have been new laws proposed regarding the sale and distribution, there have been tighter controls placed on pharmacies and pain clinics and there have been large awareness campaigns among doctors of all types and healthcare facilities.

One new way that some doctors are trying to cut down on the availability of narcotic painkillers is through alternative pain management surrounding surgeries. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, an emerging trend among some surgeons includes using a mixture of primarily ant-inflammatory drugs and local anesthetics before and after surgical procedures.

Although there may be short-term prescriptions for some painkillers after the surgery for possible severe pain, the total amount of opioid use is drastically reduced, by comparison. Doctors have also noted that patients have less side effects and don’t have to deal with as many symptoms that can come with opioid use. It has also been observed by orthopedists that physical therapy sessions post-surgery have been more productive since the patients aren’t as groggy from the other drugs.

This may seem like a small step for some people, but those in the drug intervention and treatment field have seen and heard way too many stories about people becoming hooked on opiates because of the painkillers given to them after a surgery. The more that doctors can do to find ways to alleviate pain while also reducing the risk of substance abuse, the better off people will be.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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