You may have noticed lots of headlines lately about the rise of prescription drugs – in particular, opioid painkillers – as a major cause of addiction and death by overdose.
Pain has become the most common reason that people see doctors. And, over the past decade, opioids have been the drug of choice; but this course of treatment has come with undesired side effects such as addiction, dependency and, more recently, a growing death toll.
The conundrum continues amid the current controversy swirling around in the news over the pros and cons of using medical marijuana instead of opioids for treating pain conditions.
But are prescription drugs and more regulations to control them the only solution to ending the pain and suffering millions experience every day? They are not. Promising solutions, based on paying attention to the emotional as well as the physical needs of patients, are on the rise. One promising therapy has to do with exploring the role love plays, not only in the patient’s life but also in the healing process.Continue Reading