Whether you are a recovering addict or someone who cares about one, you need to know that if you require pain relief during the treatment or when in remission, there are safe approaches available which do not entail reaching for a pill. Even for people without addictions, medication offers chronic pain sufferers temporary pain relief that doesn’t address the root cause.
According Harvard Health, researchers and doctors studying pain have identified what they call the “gate control” theory. They determined that the dorsal horn is a part of the spinal cord which is vital in helping to alleviate pain. When the body produces a pain signal, the dorsal horn opens like a gate, sending a pain signal to the brain. But if it receives sensory signals simultaneously (from another part of the body), it closes so the brain doesn’t register the signal.
Staying sober for the entire month of October may sound like a difficult challenge. But if you struggle with addiction, doing so offers a wonderful opportunity to sober up before the holidays. You can also take the opportunity to join the Macmillan’s Go Sober for October Campaign and help raise money for cancer support.
As you try to make it through 31 days of addictive habits, remember that when you emerge, you will be a stronger, maybe even ready to take sobriety a step further abstaining for life?
Health Benefits of Sober October