For the past month, spanning four separate articles on the opioid ADDICTION epidemic, I have attempted to educate and inform people like you, about the crisis we are all witnessing around the topic of Opioids, and now, I get to the good stuff. What the heck can we do?
This week we’re taking a pause from the heavy topic of Opioids, to touch on something a little lighter, and potentially a ton of fun… the Company Christmas Party. Don’t believe the hype, just because you work with these people all day, doesn’t mean you can’t cut loose a little once a year. So enjoy the festivities and, if you live in America and are gainfully employed, let’s face it… count your blessings. Here are my top five reasons why you don’t want to miss this year’s festivities.
When it comes to substance addiction (regardless of whether we’re talking about opioids, alcohol, nicotine, or sugar), whether you are in Wasilla, Alaska or Rochester, New York, there are two kinds of opinions.
In this series, we have already discussed the legitimate use of opioids in pain management, and how the stigma of addiction and misuse can negatively impact patient care. But patients in a closely related segment of health care are also experiencing the fallout from opioid-demonization: Palliative Care.
Before we can dive into the issues these suffering patients are facing, we first need to understand what Palliative Care IS.
We live in a sensational world, and people often overdramatize things.
As the saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
It doesn’t come as a surprise that chronic pain takes its toll on one’s mind just as much as it affects the body. After all, hours of suffering for days straight couldn’t go without leaving a mark on your brain, right?
Some people see the world in black and white.
Chronic pain, defined as pain lasting longer than it should (IASP) or for a minimum of 3 consecutive months (ACPA), is a silent epidemic of the modern age. The numbers are surprising: In Europe, around 20% of adults suffer from chronic pain, with the same number spanning a range from 11.2% to a whopping 30.7% of Americans according to different studies. While it may be difficult to pin down exactly, the bottom line is that Chronic Pain is extremely common. Remember, you are not alone.