“Chronic pain sufferers must now go to ‘pain clinics,’ where if marijuana is found in their urine, they will promptly be deprived of the medication they need to function.”
In the midst of a crisis of opioid addiction and overdoses, patients and doctors alike are seeking out alternatives to opioid medication for relieving pain. Ranging from medicinal herbs to acupuncture to biofeedback, options abound — offering both hope and a bewildering array of choices.
“Pain eats you up day in and day out and becomes overwhelming, and when you don’t know how to stand outside of it a little bit, it just controls you,” says Adam Bradshaw. What are the options for treatment?