Los Angeles - Recognizing the toll paid by opioid users who become addicted to the powerful drugs, the NFL has announced it will spend up to $1 million to study alternative options for pain management. The National Football League will fund several studies to investigate better pain management solutions for injured players.
Muse Addiction Treatment Center in Los Angeles applauds the league’s action as an important step in the fight against opioid addiction. The tragedy of opioid addiction is well known at Muse, which offers an extensive opioid rehab program at its facilities.
Opioid addiction often begins with a legitimate need for pain management. The drugs, sold under brand names including Oxycontin, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Percocet and Percodan, were developed for cancer patients and people recovering from surgery who experience “breakthrough” pain that doesn’t respond to traditional medication. Opioids are also used for severe pain from injuries like those sustained by professional athletes.
The NFL has been searching for alternatives to opioids since 2019, when the league and the NFL Players Association formed a joint pain management committee. Officials say they’re trying to understand their players’ opioid problem as a societal affliction, which will help them to discover better solutions for their players.
Used excessively, prescription opioids – which have similar chemical compounds as heroin – take the user beyond pain management and create highly pleasurable, euphoric feelings in the brain. Without close monitoring by responsible prescribers, opioid users can quickly become addicted to these sensations. Opioid addiction is highly treatable but requires professional intervention for the best outcome.
Muse’s opioid treatment usually begins with a period of medically supervised detox, a preparatory phase in which a person’s system is cleansed of the toxins that have built up. During this phase, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is often used to help patients slowly and comfortably taper off opioid drugs. This is followed by a comprehensive rehabilitation program that includes cognitive therapy to influence the patient’s thinking, expectations and behavior while providing new ways of coping with the life circumstances that may have contributed to the addiction. In-patient treatment is followed by extensive long-term follow-up, to help the recovering addict sustain long-term sobriety. For some patients, Medication Assisted Treatment will be ongoing to help prevent cravings and reduce the risk of relapse.
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