What to Do When an Alcoholic/Opioid Drug Addict Needs Surgery and Pain Meds?
Posted Jun 25 2009 1:58pm
by Lisa Frederiksen
At a recent meeting, one of the discussions was about living in fear of what would happen if a recovering opioid drug addict or opioid drug addict with the co-addiction of alcoholism had to have surgery and needed pain medications. Would that be the trigger that set them off down the road of addiction, again? Following this meeting, I came across Join Together’s news summary, SAMHSA and FDA Launch Methadone Education Campaign. This campaign is what we need!
Quoting from the campaign program site, this is a “public awareness campaign to deliver the message to consumers that methadone is a safe and effective treatment for opioid addiction and pain management when taken as directed.”Â Click here to download the campaign brochure.
So, please…pass this along to those with a loved one who is recovering from an opioid drug addiction or co-addiction with alcoholism. One never knows when surgery will be necessary and this will prepare them for how best to handle the pain without triggering a relapse.