If you keep up with the news lately, you will see how we are facing a severe opioid epidemic, with overdoses happening more often to a wider cross section of our society. The “Prescribed to Death” Memorial has been put in place in DC, calling attention to the dramatic toll these drugs are taking on our society. The problem often starts with a quick solution of a prescription to help provide pain relief. From the recommended use, the addiction is fed to the point where it needs higher doses to relieve pain.

Chronic Pain and Opioid Overdose

The Start

This often starts with a prescription that is needed to help deal with debilitating and chronic pain. The uncomfortable chronic pain makes it difficult to focus on daily tasks and work. The relief we get from it is real and a necessity to help us feel as close to pain-free as possible as we continue having to live with the pain as part of our life. However, the body will build up a tolerance to the dosage. Rather than ask the doctor for something else, many people increased their own dosage through self-medicating. They think they are using the easiest way to combat the pain and continue with life.

The Toll

Tolerance for the dosages will continue to increase. Each jump in dosage, relieving the pain, but causing the pain to come back higher and require another jump in dosages. Each part of the cycle feeds upon the other as time goes on. Unfortunately, the result may be turning to higher grade painkillers or other substances to help fend off the pain. Even mixing in over-the-counter painkillers. Those actions can, ironically, cause pain to increase or feel even worse than in the beginning, leading up to one pill too many and causing an overdose. Overdoses on prescription opioids killed more than 17,000 people in 2016.  Many times, overdoses can be fatal, but even survivors are often left with a whole new set of problems to deal with.


The often-overlooked solution to this is to find the reason behind the pain. Work on it and find out how to fix it so that it no longer causes the pain. TMJ Denver sufferers do often have to live with chronic pain day to day. This can impact many parts of what we need to interact with the world and keep ourselves healthy. By seeking out advice and alternatives to painkillers, drug free alternatives can be found to help not only provide relief from the pain but resolve the cause of the pain to begin with. Thus, allowing one to be able to live life normally without the risk of needing a painkiller.

If you are looking for drug-free treatment options for chronic TMJ pain in Denver, please call (303) 691-0267 today for an appointment with a TMJ dentist at the TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Colorado.