Try These Drug-Free Ways to Handle Chronic Pain

Try These Drug-Free Ways to Handle Chronic Pain

For people in recovery from a drug addiction, it is important to stay away from things that may put you at risk. Some people in recovery must learn how to manage chronic pain without taking opioid medications. There are drug-free options available for those trying to stay away from prescription painkillers.


Sleep is key to recovery well. It is important when managing chronic pain. Sleep deprivation can make pain worse and lower tolerance. If you had a sleep schedule that worked for you in early recovery, return to it. Get at least seven hours of sleep each night. Some good sleep tips:

  • Sleep on your side
  • Change your pillow
  • Sleep on a good mattress
  • Wear comfy clothes
  • Play soothing music
  • Take a shower or bath
  • Put on low lighting


Meditation can help ease pain because it requires you to tune into what you feel. It may sound counterintuitive but it may help to be more in touch with your pain. During meditation, focus on the type of pain you have and work to deal with those symptoms. Acupuncture can also help with this.


Deep breathing exercises calm the mind, reduce stress, and relax all the muscles. The benefit to deep breathing is that you can use it anytime, anywhere. No special equipment is needed. These relaxation techniques help people center themselves and feel more at peace.

Eat Healthy

Some foods have been shown to fight pain naturally. Ginger and turmeric contain anti-inflammatory compounds. Certain dishes may contain these as well. Talk to your doctor about Vitamin D supplements for those low on sunshine. Living with chronic pain is mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausting. There are natural, drug-free ways to manage pain. Find the right treatment combination for you that works.

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