Suncoast Rehab Center Encourages “Pain Medicine Management” Trend in 2014

February 10, 2014

Suncoast Rehab Center pushes for an industry overhaul that includes implementing narcotic reduction programs that use alternatives to opioids for pain management–all in an effort to reduce prescription painkiller addiction.

SPRING HILL, Fla., Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — A recent Fox Business article predicted 2014′s healthcare trends, one of which is an increased focus on pain medicine management–a direct reflection of the stronghold that addiction to pain medication has on the U.S. As a result, some hospitals throughout the country have begun treating post-surgical pain without the use of opioids. Suncoast Rehab Center, in Spring Hill, FL (SRC), encourages the introduction of alternative pain management methods to counteract the public health disaster that painkiller addiction has created within American society.

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According to a survey conducted by the Institute of Addiction Medicine:

? More than two million Americans are opioid dependent;

? About 4.7 million teenagers and adults say they’ve used opioid prescription painkillers for non-medical purposes; and

? Around 32.7 million Americans report having used opioid prescription painkillers for nonmedical purposes at least once in their lives (1).

The steady increase in the level of prescription painkiller abuse in America has prompted medical professionals to make a goal of reversing the trend in 2014. More hospitals are expected to embrace comprehensive approaches to pain management that is designed to reduce the use of opioids (which can cause grogginess and risk addiction) (2). One approach patients may see more of is “continuous nerve blocking,” a process that that numbs an affected area by delivering a continuous, regulated flow of a non-narcotic local anesthetic through a catheter near the nerves that transmit pain from the surgical incision site.

Tammy Strickling, Executive Director of SRC, says that setting an industry standard which encourages a holistic approach to pain management could go a long way in curbing the prevalence of addiction–within the next year, Strickling hopes to see a substantial difference in the way pain is treated, as well as in how painkillers are prescribed.

“Doling out prescription drugs has long been the standard in dealing with pain management–but all that has done is feed the rise of addiction, while failing to address and eliminate the source of an individual’s pain,” Strickling said. “What’s being done currently isn’t working, so healthcare professionals need to do all that we can to create a viable solution.”

Avoiding narcotics not only eliminates the risk of addiction, per Strickling, but also the numerous side effects of opioid abuse: sedation, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, constipation, physical dependence, tolerance, and respiratory depression. (3)

SRC enables its clients to take the first step in conquering addiction and reclaiming their lives from opioids, and provides the nurturing, supportive environment that they need in order to do so:

? Each client is treated individually, using a detailed eight-step program consisting of four distinct and gradient phases designed to bring the client full circle with the tools for continued success;

? Clients have access to nursing care and withdrawal specialist assistance; and

? Long-term treatment is provided to help clients combat their addiction and gain the confidence to live a drug-free life.

SRC says it specializes in changing lives for the better and for the long-term. The facility’s program methodology aligns with a recognized evidence-based treatment approach known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for substance dependence.

To learn more about the Suncoast Rehabilitation Center and its rehabilitation programs, call 1-800-511-9403 or visit www.suncoastrehabcenter.com.

About Suncoast Rehab Center:

Located in Spring Hill, Florida, Suncoast Rehab Center provides long-term residential treatment, intensive sauna detoxification, life skills and cognitive therapy and counseling. Suncoast is licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, and was recently awarded a 100% inspection score for the fourth year in a row. Suncoast has a mission to educate youth and adults about drugs and their dangers, with the aim of preventing future drug use and abuse. Suncoast handles the physical deficiencies, weakness and problems created through drug use, without the use of additional drugs. Clients are helped to uncover the issues that led to their drug use through counseling, therapy and life skills that put the clients back in control of their lives and their future. Suncoast’s purpose in drug rehabilitation is to heal the whole person and give the person tools and education to remain drug-free. For more information, visit www.suncoastrehabcenter.com.

1. Fuscaldo, D., “Health Care Trends to Watch for in 2014.” Fox Business, Dec. 24, 2013. Web. Jan. 16, 2014. foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2013/12/24/health-trends-to-watch-for-in-2014/.

2. Holzer, Jessica. “‘Pain Free’ After Surgery is New Goal.” Wsj.com. N.p., 30 Dec. 2013. Web. 21 Jan. 2014. online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304244904579278380189904254.

3. White, D., “Facts About Prescription Drug Abuse.” PsychCentral.com, Aug. 31, 2013. Web. Jan. 16, 2014. psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/08/31/facts-about-prescription-opiate-abuse/.


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