Relaxation and stress reducing can be helpful in dealing with chronic pain. Chronic pain doesn’t just go away, and you might feel that you need to drink in order to stave off the pain and help your medication work a little better. Your medication tends to lose its effectiveness after a while and people tend to drink to make up for that. If you want to stop or your family member thinks you should stop it’s best to talk to a physician about other non medication ways of reducing your pain.
- A lot of people simply ignore their doctor’s recommendations and will drink when on prescription pain medication.
- If your spouse has a problem with your drinking, talk to them because they have a more clear point of view on your issues.
- Try to solve your problem and be flexible if you can. Looking at the big picture is much more important than looking at the near future.
“Mixing alcohol and pain medication together can be a dangerous proposition. The two together tend to potentiate each other, meaning that one drink may feel like you’ve had two or three.”