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Opiates Available Just 3 Doors Down

While some patients are being prescribing pain-killers (opiates like Oxycontin, hydrocodone) and anti-depressants like Xanax and even other medications like sleeping pills, some people are obviously finding these drugs on the street.

Just recently on Nashville’s streets, the bassist for rock band 3 Doors Down, Tom Harrell was arrested for vehicular manslaughter and was noted as saying he had taken Lortabs along with alcohol  Police also found oxycodone and Xanax in his socks where apparently he hides these pills.

Are opiates and anti-anxiety drugs rampant in our society? What’s the deal?

If you read any self-help books, you’ll find that many “life coaches” are writing more and more about the pressures of modern society. And, perhaps men and women were not built to live in homes, pay utility bills and work in cubicles all day. All of wich, create stresses that the human body and mind were not actually built for. Are we mice in an experiemental maze looking for relief from society and our roller coaster economy? Just maybe we are.

The severe rise in opiate usage is why so many doctors are cutting back on prescribing them. Or, at least they say they are. Prescriptions for opiate-based drugs are at an all time high for pain relief, and for some, the relief of mental pressures from simple day to day living.

It’s not easy merely getting by in our society, is it? We have electric dog bone makers on TV that allow our pets to eat healthy snacks vs. store-bought bones. Is this really the type of things we “think we need to be happy?”

We’ll dive more into this in future articles. It’s becoming all to common that people are using opiates for mental relief and relaxation. Which begs the question – Is using opiates for bi-polar disorder a good or bad idea.

Share your thoughts with us.

Press for Opiate Cure Blog Forum Taking Hold

It’s been only 5 hours since a press release was issued announcing the new forum at OpiateCureBlog.com, and already there has been a few former Dr. Cochran patients who’ve signed up to contribute.

Read the full press release about the launch of the forum, and also some notes about the difficulty some former patients have had in finding replacement care since Dr. Cochran’s retirement.
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Forum Added to OpiateCureBlog.com for Dr. Robert Cochran Jr.’s Former Patients

On Monday, April 1, 2013, OpiateCureBlog.com added a forum for former patients of Dr. Robert T. Cochran Jr. The forum was launched due to the high number of comments and emails received at OpiateCureBlog.com over the past two months.

The forum is designed to allow Dr. Cochran’s former patients communicate with one another. Obviously, they have concerns, and some are having difficulty with finding similar treatment now that Dr. Cochran has retired. The forum may help former patients by allowing them to share results found from new doctors and treatments since Dr. Cochran’s retirement in December 2012.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE FORUM or click the “FORUM” link at the top of the page.


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Part 1 – Audio Interview with Dr. Robert T. Cochran Jr. on Music City View

Music City View host, Drew Bourke, recently sat down with Dr. Robert Cochran for an in-depth interview about his retirement, and the many challenges he faced as a cutting-edge physician.

“I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. Robert T. Cochran Jr. Our conversation was intriguing, thanks to the many facets of Dr. Cochran’s career, and of course, the controversy surrounding the three books he authored, The Opiate Cure, Understanding Chronic Pain and Curing Chronic Pain”, according to Mr. Bourke.
(Available at Amazon.com in soft cover and Kindle versions)

Dr. Cochran explains the challenges he and many other physicians are facing who have tried to introduce what are considered, “unconventional treatments” into the mainstream medical community.

Dr. Cochran retired in December 2012, though his work is apparently not yet complete.

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Words from Patients – “Five Days in a Row Without Back Pain”

If you don’t suffer from chronic pain, then this article will not make sense to you. Don’t worry, you’re not being insensitive either. People who don’t suffer from chronic pain simply don’t think about pain. Whereas people who suffer chronically, have no choice but to think about pain.

Pain is a part of my daily life, and so is depression. So much in fact, that the quality of each day is often determined within 10 minutes of waking up. Or, in some cases, 10 minutes of getting out of bed because I’m already awake from a poor night’s sleep.

Rare is it, that I have a full-day free from pain, Even rarer is to have two. I wrote this and sent it to OpiateCureBlog.com because I have now had FIVE DAYS FREE FROM PAIN, and I know why, AND, it needs to be shared.

As all former patients of Doctor Cochran were, I was probably one of the saddest to see him go. I’ll leave that right there where it is.

My first visit with Dr. Richard Adkins went okay, but he immediately reduced my medication, which scare the hell out of me.

My second visit with Dr. Richard Adkins, I noticed a more-compassionate doctor than the first visit. In fact, he was careful to explain why he had cut my medications back, and also explained why it was important to try new treatments, in addition to continuing opiate medications.

Habit is a difficult thing to break, especially when you’re not fully aware that your’e being lead by it. Dr. Adkins was right, I had come to depend on opiates to feel better, and he even made the statement, “That’s okay. It’s been your only option. Let’s try some things and see if we get results”.

Six days ago, we did just that. we began administration of a steroid that will help lubricate the smashed disc in my lower back. Honesty, I did not have faith in this, since I’d already had two epidural steroids. But on day two of taking the medication and the opiates I woke up to something I hadn’t felt in a long, long time – No Pain. None.

It is now day five as I write this, and I have been completely pain-free for over 5 days, and this is the first time I can remember this feeling in over ten years.

I did ask Dr. Adkins about taking the opiates, and I loved his response  “When it’s time to stop, you’ll know”. Somehow, that brought me comfort. He’s not in a hurry to get me “med free”, and he’s leaving the process of tapering or even quitting up to me. I guess I do know why that brought me comfort – Until Dr. Cochran, I was in a lot of pain, and the thought of stopping the one thing that has helped, well, it scares the hell out of me.

For those of you frustrated by the change of posts, give it some time. If you haven’t seen Dr. Adkins at least three times, and been completely honest with him about your pain on every visit, then how could he expect to trust or possibly heal you? Pain management is a two-way street. You have to get specific in order for any doctor to help or heal you.

Go to him in full honesty, share your pain in detail, and share your concerns. I did, and am now reaping the rewards. I have to say, it is truly amazing to not be in pain. To wake up and jump out of bed the past five days has been incredible. And twice, I have forgotten to take my medications. Why? Not sure I need them anymore.

Only time will tell…

Made to Feel Like an Addict

In our first segment regarding patients being made to feel like addicts, we heard from a few people who have battled their doctor over medications, and at the same time, are battling their pain. Perhaps the worst part of these stories is the fact that whether or not the person has or acquires an addiction from prescribed medications, they are no doubt in pain. I can speak from experience that it was not my choice to take strong medications to help my chronic pain. Yet, the correct dosage ended up being “transparent”, and truly helped my condition.

Transparent prescribing – This is what I call the balance between getting light-headed and not feeling pain. The correct dosage prevents you from getting light-headed, while still taking care of the chronic pain. It took a month to find this delicate balance, but I found it. And, I did so with Dr. Cochran’s help. He was the only doctor I have ever visited who asked me, “Take what helps the pain, and nothing more”. Dr. Cochran literally allowed me to choose the amount of medication I wanted to take. He knew I was in pain, and knew I did not want to over-do it. But ti made me wonder – How many people attempt to find this same doctor/patient relationship, only to abuse it?

Coming soon to the site is a three part series where Dr. Cochran speaks out about his practice, his retirement, and many of the challenges he faced being a pain management physician.

Three Books That Changed Thousands of Lives Regarding Chronic Pain and Bipolar Disorder

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Over the past fourteen years, recently retired physician, Dr. Robert T. Cochran, Jr., published three books regarding the treatment and possible cure for chronic pain symptoms and bipolar disorder. The most controversial of the three books is undoubtedly the third which is titled, “The Opiate Cure: Pain and the Bipolar Spectrum”. In The Opiate Cure, Dr Cochran claims that by paying attention to often minute details gathered from his patients, he was able to “cure” both chronic pain and bipolar disorder. Needless to say, this cased controversy within the medical community due to the stigma attached to prescribing often strong opiates. Making the controversy most interesting is the fact that there are literally thousands of former patients of Dr. Cochran who undoubtedly feel they were “cured” of both bipolar disorder and chronic pain symptoms after having been prescribed opiates.

Dr Robert T Cochran Jr - Nashville Pain Specialist and author of The Opiate Cure

The Question: Do these books indeed offer a valid treatment or possible cure for chronic pain symptoms and bipolar disorder?
Perhaps the question should be rephrased, “Do we trust the often negative opinions found within the medical community regarding these books, or do we trust the thousands of patients who claim they were cured?” In most every former patient’s testimonial we have found, one phrase resonates over and over again, “Dr. Cochran changed my life”.

“The only way to know for sure is to read these fascinating books and decide for yourself.” (Click on any book cover below to visit Amazon.com and buy the books today.)

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If you or someone you know suffers fro bipolar and/or chronic pain symptoms, we encourage you to read all three of Dr. Robert Cochran’s books. And, when seeking this form of treatment from your local physician, we’ve been told by many patients that sharing these books with their physician helped in receiving better treatment. All three books are available at Amazon.com in paperback format. Kindle additions are available for both The Opiate Cure and Curing Chronic Pain.

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