Meditation as a Treatment for Chronic Pain
Considering the high death rate by overdose of prescription pain medication, our friend, Dr. Ruwan Jayatunge has written a timely and helpful article about treating chronic pain with meditation practice.
When I was part of our Admissions Team at Brookhaven Hospital, I met many people from all walks of life who had become addicted to pain pills, and a growing number of people who started with prescription pills and then went on to heroin as a way to manage their pain. If you’ve ever experienced significant pain, you can understand how daily severe pain can contribute to depression and anxiety. Increasing research into meditation practice shows that it can help individuals manage their pain in a way that can prevent mental health and substance use problems.