From our Recovery Blog
Any pain present for longer than three months is defined as chronic pain. Chronic pain disrupts normal cognitive, emotional and behavioral function.
Chronic pain affects 25-30 percent of American children and adults. It costs the United States an estimated $160 billion annually in medical and pharmaceutical costs, disability income payments and lost productivity. Studies have shown that chronic pain patients may share many common features, including cognitive dysfunction, mood swings, anxiety, insomnia and mood disorders.
Todd Langus spent much of his life wearing a badge — from an 18-year-old in a police cadet uniform, to rising in the ranks as a SWAT member and field training officer.
In more than 20 years with the Garden Grove Police Department and Orange County Sheriff’s Department, he saw unimaginable things and endured severe injury serving the public, while also losing two partners in the line of duty.
People in the throes of addiction may not only misuse illegal substances, but often the negative lifestyle choices lead to other poor judgment calls, such as irregular eating habits and a bad diet. Addiction to opiates, for example, often affects the gastrointestinal system and may cause constipation.
Alcoholics often have major nutritional deficiencies, including lack of B vitamins, which can lead to anemia and neurologic issues. Alcohol abuse can also cause liver and pancreatic problems, affecting the regulation of blood sugars and absorption of fat.