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Uncategorized  |  December 08, 2016

Chronic pain is believed to affect over 50 million Americans annually.  Sadly, pain and the tendency of physicians to vastly overprescribe opioid pain killers are largely to blame for the current drug abuse epidemic.

Are addictive pain pills really the answer to chronic pain?

In many cases – these drugs can be completely avoided by using other therapeutic options like acupuncture, physical therapy, meditation, and body manipulation (including therapeutic massage). 

Now a new research study from Indiana University suggests there may be another option on the horizon.

Working with mice, researchers at the University found that a compound that alters the activity of the brain’s receptors for THC (the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana ) and endocannabinoids (natural pain-relieving compounds released by the brain ) reduced chronic pain in mice.

The modulating compounds - called positive allosteric modulators, or PAMs, work by binding to a key receptor site in the brain.   Scientists at the University first treated mice with a drug that induced severe nerve pain and then subsequently treated them with a PAM compound. 

After treatment with the PAM compound, the mice behaved like normal mice – showing no signs of being in pain.

Most exciting, the study found evidence that the use of the PAM compound increased the therapeutic, pain relieving effect of endocannabinoids without the negative effects of a true “marijuana high,” such as impaired motor function and reaction times. 

They also found that these PAM compounds continued to work over time – and did not produce a reward response – making it appear unlikely this experimental treatment would be used and abused recreationally the way opioids are.

If you or someone you know suffers with chronic or acute pain, resist your physician’s enthusiasm for painkilling drugs and consider other treatment options that can help without the risk of addiction.

And if you or a loved one are already battling addiction to painkilling drugs – consider calling us at Aware Recovery Care in Connecticut.  As Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield reported, we are producing recovery rates for our clients that are more than 300% above the national average.  To learn more visit www.awarerecoverycare.com .