A couple of weeks ago, Tiger Woods continued his fall from grace when he was pulled over and charged with DUI. I, certainly, am not here to kick a man when he is down, but I wanted to take a moment to use this as a learning opportunity. Tiger admitted later that his intoxication was not due to alcohol, but to prescription pain medication. The opiate epidemic in our country continues to cause major issues for the American public. Addiction is a disease that does not discriminate in any way shape or form. It does not care if you are rich or poor, young or old, Republican or Democrat. I can assure you that it is something that we all need to take very seriously, because it can effect each and every one of us!

Why am I writing about addiction?  In the year 2015, there were 33,000 documented deaths in the United States that were attributable to opioid addiction. I think that many (if not all) of those deaths were preventable. Many of those people were first exposed to opiates through a prescription from a medical doctor. Unfortunately, many people become addicted while taking their prescribed medications. Sometimes, those medications are necessary for patients to endure their pain. What if there was another drug-free option? THERE IS! With the rampant concerns surrounding addiction, maybe we should consider a more conservative approach first! Maybe the patients should attempt to control their pain through chiropractic care and implementing the appropriate exercise protocols. I am not naive enough to think that we have the answers to all of the pains that patients complain to their medical doctors about, BUT what if we could help keep 50% of them away from the opioids??? Seems like a HUGE step in the right direction to me! So before your doctor decides that medication is answer to getting relief from your pain, why don't you ask them if a visit to our office might be a better solution for you?

When your pain is all gone would you rather be stronger or be addicted?
It's your choice...

Movement is my Medicine,

Dr. William "Chip" Bleam

Dr. William "Chip" Bleam


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