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Overcoming an addiction to pain killers

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Overcoming an addiction to pain killers

IN HEALTH NEWS -- MANAGING PAIN 'WITHOUT' MEDICATION.TOO OFTEN -- PEOPLE GET ADDICTED TO PAIN RELIEVERS. NEWS EIGHT MEDICAL REPORTER JOCELYN MAMINTA IS HERE TO TELL US WHAT'S BEING DONE TO PREVENT THAT FROM HAPPENING. JOCELYN? ANN-DARREN-THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO GET HOOKED ON PAIN RELIEVERS IS GROWING. IT'S A CHALLENGE -- BUT THERE ARE STRATEGIES IN PLACE TO HELP MANY OF THEM -- MANAGE THEIR PAIN WITHOUT PRESCRIPTION PILLS. MORE

SUNNY DAYS-- THAN NOT -- FOR A RECOVERING PAIN MANAGEMENT ADDICT -- WHO SOUGHT RELIEF FROM HAND SURGERY. "I DID EVERYTHING RIGHT. I ASKED A FRIEND OF MINE TO PICK UP THE PRESCRIPTION JUST BRING ME ONE BUT EVENTUALLY IT OVERCAME ME." THE PATH BACK TO LIFE FOR JONNY -- BEGAN AFTER TALKING WITH HIS DAUGHTER. "AT THAT MOMENT I SAID I AM LYING AND I HAVE BEEN

LYING AND I'M SO SORRY." THIRTY DAYS AT SILVER HILL HOSPITAL IN NEW CANAAN -- "IN MY MIND, I'M AN ATHLETE AND I'M IN TRAINING." JONNY IS NOW HOOKED ON DOING WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE BODY AND SOUL. "I TRAIN NOW SIX DAYS A WEEK. I LEARNED HOW TO MEDITATE HERE. I MEDITATE EVERY DAY." THAT'S JUST SOME OF THE STRATEGIES PRESCRIBED FOR PATIENTS -- TO GET RID OF THE PILLS AND MANAGE THE

PAIN. "WHEN YOU HAVE SIGNIFICANT CHRONIC PAIN, YOU BEGIN TO TURN INWARD, YOU BEGIN TO FOCUS ON THE PAIN, YOU BEGIN TO SPLINT AND GUARD AND IT BECOMES LAYERED WITH MANY OTHER PROBLEMS." DR. SEDDON SAVAGE -- MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF THE CHRONIC PAIN AND ADDICTION CENTER -- ALSO STRESSES THAT FINDING SOMETHING TO BE GRATEFUL IS A BIG PART OF RECOVERY. "SO OFTEN IF YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT HOW MUCH YOU HURT, HOW MANY LOSSES YOU'VE HAD AS

A RESULT OF PAIN, YOU DON'T RECOGNIZE ALL THE THINGS AROUND THAT ARE REALLY VALUABLE TO YOU." BUT SHE SAYS -- IT STARTS WITH ACCEPTING-- WHAT'S GOING ON AT THE MOMENT. "I'VE NEVER KNOWN ANYBODY THAT COULD SUSTAIN IT ALL THEIR LIFE. SO ITS JUST A MATTER OF I GUESS, BEING A LITTLE BRAVE, FINDING THAT STRENGTH IN YOURSELF, TO BE HONEST LIKE I WAS. JUST SAY ALL RIGHT, IT GOT ME, IT GOT ME,

NOW WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO." ME, NOW WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO." YOU CAN LOG ONTO OUR WEBSITE WTNH DOT COM FOR MORE ON MY INTERVIEW WITH JONNY. TO SAFELY DISPOSE PAIN PILLS YOU NO LONGER NEED -- THIS SATURDAY IS NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY. YOU CAN DROP YOUR MEDICATIONS OFF AT THE UCONN HEALTH CENTER IN FARMINGTON... BETWEEN 10 A-M AND 2 P-M... THIS SATURDAY.

POLICE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE STATE WILL ALSO ACCEPT YOUR UNUSED MEDICATIONS. JUST CALL YOUR

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Overcoming an addiction to pain killersIN HEALTH NEWS -- MANAGING PAIN 'WITHOUT' MEDICATION.TOO OFTEN -- PEOPLE GET ADDICTED TO PAIN RELIEVERS. NEWS EIGHT MEDICAL REPORTER JOCELYN MAMINTA IS HERE TO TELL US WHAT'S BEING DONE TO PREVENT THAT FROM HAPPENING. JOCELYN? ANN-DARREN-THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO GET HOOKED ON PAIN RELIEVERS IS GROWING. IT'S A CHALLENGE -- BUT THERE ARE STRATEGIES IN PLACE TO HELP MANY OF THEM -- MANAGE THEIR PAIN ...