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How do recovering heroin addicts manage pain?

Discussion in 'Heroin' started by blinghoblanger, Jun 15, 2015.

  1. In a chronic pain situation how can an addict be expected to cope without opiates? Is there any medication with the strength of an opiate that is non narcotic or addictive?(Tramadol is an opiate, just synthetic) I think it is inhumane to force a recovering addict to live with pain (parole officers). But taking these meds seriously compromises recovery!
  2. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    Do you know, this thought had never occured to me at all. It must be a real problem and certainly one nobody ever talks about.

    There are several painkillers which are non-addictive but they aren't always the most effective. I expect there's a lot of trial and error involved in finding the correct solution for the patient.
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  3. Totalarmordestine

    Totalarmordestine Senior Contributor

    Heroin addiction is usually controlled by Methadone. you need to see a Methadone Clinic or Pain management specialist to get in a program. Chronic PAin needs to be managed by a Pain Management specialist. Contact your local hospital and ask for a referal to one.
  4. tarverten

    tarverten Senior Contributor

    i don't think of tramadol as an opiate but take your word,recovering heroin addicts are put on methadone.and i understand they get high from go cold turkey would be miserable,thats for sure.
  5. blastguardgear

    blastguardgear Senior Contributor

    Pain as in side effects from being an addict? or everyday pain like headaches and such?

    I just put up with it, actually, when I was recovering.
  6. thepieeatingjay

    thepieeatingjay Senior Contributor

    There's an experimental technique (i think it's still experimental) where they put an addict in a chemically induced coma, during which their body can go through withdrawals without experiencing the pain. After the drug is completely out of the system, they wake the patient up.
  7. shadowsupernature

    shadowsupernature Senior Contributor

    Some people get suboxone. It is prescribed for pain but very rarely. It is a really lousy pain-killer being it is a partial opiate agonist. It keeps receptors filled partially or half way. So in simple terms it is doing half the job it should be, like taking half a aspirin compared to whole one in pain terms.

    It can be used for either both. If he is a ex-heroin addict suboxone can be used, but Methadone is preferred being it is a full agonist and Suboxone sometimes cannot cancel these so called craving that a heroin addict gets for heroin. People of all walks of addiction have had success with both, or the opposite where one individual needs one or the other.
  8. portraitofjs

    portraitofjs Member

    OP, unfortunately, opioid drugs are currently the best treatment we have for chronic pain - that's why so many chronic pain patients become opioid addicts in the first place. If you have a pain management doctor, try talking to them about alternatives like Lyrica or gabapentin - these are great treatments for neuropathic pain. There are also topical formulations available from compounding pharmacies that can be very helpful for chronic pain patients. Again, these require a prescription, so talk to your doctor about it.
  9. rightct

    rightct Community Champion

    I'm not really sure since I've never been addicted to heroin, but I guess those withdrawal symptoms must really be unbearable. Well, every drug is, if you think about it in-depth.
  10. LilAnn

    LilAnn Community Champion

    I think it is referring to chronic pain like what lupus or fibromyalga, or spine splintering.
  11. LilAnn

    LilAnn Community Champion

    but if its chronic pain, do they risk the relapse to get on pain management? There are issues, like cancer where pain meds are necessary.
  12. LilAnn

    LilAnn Community Champion

    depending on the type of pain, they also have injections. That would be completely risk free, or no?