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Physical Disability and AddictionPhysical disabilities normally require the use of medications on a regular basis to control pain and keep the condition from getting worse. Autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis and others can cause chronic pain that needs to be managed. Other diseases like cancer that can leave a person temporarily or permanently disabled can also require strong pain medications and anti-cancer drugs to manage the disease. When individuals in Tennessee use pain medications or other drugs on a regular basis as a part of an overall care program for a chronic condition, care has to be taken in order to avoid addiction to the drugs.

Pain Medication and Tennessee Residents with Disabilities

Pain medication is a regular part of life for Tennessee residents with disabilities. NSAID medications treat pain and also help with inflammation. Narcotic pain medications control pain on a round-the-clock basis to make daily activities bearable. Muscle relaxers help ease muscle tension to ease pain. All of these types of medications, or a combination of them, can be highly habit forming. NSAIDS are not addictive in the classical sense, but the person who uses them regularly can build up a tolerance to the drug and need more to eliminate pain. This can lead to stomach problems, heart problems, and other complications. Tennessee residents who use narcotic pain relievers can become addicted to the feelings of euphoria the drugs produce when used for long periods of time. Understanding how your pain medication works and being aware of when it stops working is the best way to guard against dependence on the drugs.

Sedative Use among Tennessee Residents with Physical Disabilities

Sedatives are often a part of life for Tennessee residents with physical disabilities. Sedatives promote relaxation and allow someone to fall asleep who may have difficulty sleeping due to pain. Sedative are highly habit forming and can lead to addiction if used for longer than prescribed by a physician. If you have a disabled loved one who uses sedative as part of a treatment plan and you think he or she is becoming dependent on the drug, talk with your loved one’s doctor about changing the medication or dosage.

Anti-Depressants and Physical Disability

When a person deals with a disability on a day-to-day basis, he or she can often become depressed and require an antidepressant. Antidepressants are highly habit forming and the person who uses them for long periods of time may become addicted. If you notice that your loved one in Tennessee needs more of her mediation before the next dose is due or her symptoms are not being well managed, call your doctor.

Find Help for Individuals Living with Physical Disabilities and Addiction

Managing pain from a disability without developing an addiction is a balancing act between medication and other treatment options. If you or your loved one in Tennessee suffers from an addiction, we are here to help you. Call our toll-free number, 24 hours a day to speak to helpline counselor. We can answer your questions about addiction and physical disability and help you find a treatment program that fits your needs.