Why Avoiding Painkillers After Injury or Surgery Can Save Your Life

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Why Avoiding Painkillers After Injury or Surgery Can Save Your Life

The prescribing of painkillers after injury or surgery has become an expected part of the recovery process. Unfortunately, for too many patients, medications used to reduce pain result in harmful addictions. Addictions that can be more harmful than the original injury – or even fatal.

There are many reasons strong, painkilling medication have become the default method of pain management. Today, we focus on alternatives to painkillers and why avoiding painkillers after injury or surgery may just save your life.

1. Simply Put – Painkillers Are Addictive

Statistics show over two-million people located within the United States are considered addicted to their medication. It is therefore no surprise how debilitating painkiller addiction can be. For patients that may find themselves coming out of surgery and being offered painkillers, consider the potential for addiction.

Although you may find temporary release from your pain, the addictive properties painkillers exhibit can play a large toll on your psyche. Over time, relief from injury pain can turn into a dependence once your healing has concluded.

2. It Saves Money

Pharmaceutical companies are profitable for a reason; painkillers are expensive. Painkilling medication can put a serious dent in your personal finances. According to certain sources, painkillers have a steep price tag that can easily exceed one-hundred dollars for patients that have healthcare coverage.

For those who find themselves without a health-insurance policy, this price can increase in correlation with their particular needs. Below is a brief list of popular medications and how much one can expect to pay:

  • Morphine – $50
  • Oxycontin – $135
  • Oxymorphone ER – $287
  • Nucynta – $388
  • Nucynta ER – $762

A comprehensive list of medication prices may be found on comparison websites such as GoodRx.

3. It Gives a Sense of Accomplishment and Achievement

In conjunction with the financial benefits, users that kick their pain to the curb without the use of painkillers have a huge sense of pride and achievement behind their actions. According to a statement released by Eduardo M. Fraifeld, MD, the best way of dealing with post-surgery pain is by having a deep understanding of the side effects that will come once the procedure has been performed.

“People that have undergone back surgery will notice that they experience many muscle spasms and cramps after their procedure,” Fraifeld exclaims.

According to Eduardo, the most common mistake patients make is not understanding what their road to recovery will look like. Knowing and understanding the complications and negative side effects of a procedure will make straying away from painkillers much easier. Patients become empowered and armed with valuable knowledge that can help find safe, alternative methods of reducing pain during recovery.

4. Mind Over Matter

Understanding post-surgery side effects is half the mental battle during injury recovery. Knowing the strength of your mind, along with its limitations, is paramount for dealing with pain without the assistance of drugs. Using all-natural alternatives to fight your pain may be the approach that keeps you from getting addicted to painkillers in the future.

For example, an article released by NetDoctor highlights various breathing techniques with a foundation rooted in yoga and mindfulness meditation. When these techniques are performed during moments of discomfort, users are able to calm their discomfort and prevent themselves from turning towards narcotics to treat their ailments. Mindfulness breathing, deep breathing, breath control and meditation can greatly alleviate discomfort and post-surgery aches.

5. Resistance Builds Character and Courage

The most profound truths that arises when dealing with pain naturally is the character it builds and how overcoming the pain greatly assists in other areas of life. If you know you can fight pain head on and win while avoiding the use of painkillers after surgery, what can stop you? The drive and will needed to address discomfort and come out victorious can make every other obstacle in your life seem simplistic in nature.

For readers that are about to undergo a surgery, or have one scheduled for the near future, remember you can do this. Of course, the decision to forgo medication and pursuing alternate coping methods requires consulting your physician. All of the tools and willpower you need to have a drug-free post-surgery might already be within you.

Avoiding the addictive nature of painkillers will not only open your eyes to new possibilities and realities, it may save your life. Remember that through trial and error, anything becomes possible.

Seeking Treatment

Even with information, willpower, and mindfulness, using painkillers may become necessary after suffering an injury or following surgery. There are times where the pain may indeed become too much to take.

Advances in surgical procedures have made remarkable strides over the decades. Injuries never thought heal-able are now fixable. But, in exchange, patients may be subjected to pain never thought imaginable. Do not look down upon yourself if you take painkillers under a physician’s care. They may be the most appropriate solution.

However, should you or a loved one every find yourself suffering from addiction to painkillers, alcohol, or other substance, it’s important to reach out for help. Support in the form of addiction treatment and rehabilitation centers like SpringBoard Recovery are just a phone call away.


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/injury/features/manage-your-pain/index.html
  2. Medical News Today: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323465
  3. Memorial Healthcare System: https://www.mhs.net/patients-visitors/pain-management
  4. Pyscom: https://www.psycom.net/depression.central.opioid.abuse.html
  5. GoodRx: https://www.goodrx.com/opioids
  6. WebMD: https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/features/managing-pain-after-surgery#1
  7. Foundation for a Drug-Free World: https://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/painkillers/what-are-painkillers.html
  8. WebMD: https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/painkillers-and-addiction-narcotic-abuse#1
  9. Netdoctor: https://www.netdoctor.co.uk/conditions/aches-and-pains/a8952/breathing-exercises-to-reduce-pain/

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MARCH 27, 2019

Robert Castan is a member of the Executive Leadership Team at SpringBoard Recovery. Robert started his professional career as a house manager and has become an industry leader and trusted voice in the treatment world. He brings extensive knowledge of organizational growth, industry-leading outcomes, and comprehensive marketing to SpringBoard Recovery. Robert has been walking his own path of recovery for over 10 years. This path has truly driven his ambition to help make treatment available to others who are struggling with addiction. Robert finds great joy in traveling and keeping physically active, with an emphasis on biking. Robert resides in Arizona with his husband and two four-legged children.   The U.S. Alcohol Crisis, Still Deadlier Than the Opioid Epidemic   Zombies and Other Future Threats to the Health of American Youth Dire Mental Health: A Catalyst for Post-Pandemic Drug Addiction The Benefits of Rehab Center Staff Working Their Own Recovery Opinion: The Opioid Crisis + COVID-19 = The Perfect Storm Robert Castan on Successful Addiction Treatment and Entrepreneurship Castan: The road less traveled of addiction & recovery in Scottsdale Opioids & COVID Driving Phoenix’s Rising Fatal Drug Overdoses Opinion: The Opioid Crisis + COVID-19 = The Perfect Storm Successful Addiction Treatment Programs & Entrepreneurship

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