By: Cyrus Sepahbodi

September is Drug-Free Pain Awareness Month. This is a topic near and dear to our hearts because that’s the principle our company was founded on. For the entire month, Papa & Barkley will raise awareness surrounding issues in the area of pain and pain management. We’ll share stories and info about pain facts and how Papa & Barkley is changing the way pain is managed.  Someone who actively lives with chronic pain, or cares about someone who does, understands that there are a lot of challenges to overcome in everyday life. But at the same time there are systems of support, ways to educate others, and natural methods of pain management to make daily living better. 

In 2001, the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) established a pain awareness campaign that rallied together organizations across the United States with the end goal of establishing September as Pain Awareness Month. As a result of that campaign, the month of September was declared Pain Awareness Month.

Throughout September various organizations work to raise public awareness of issues in the area of pain and pain management through “mass media, public forums, and other sources so that chronic pain may be more readily recognized, better understood without the traditional stigma attached, and more fittingly treated and managed.”

But why is this important, you may be asking? Because it is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that chronic pain is one of the most common reasons adults seek medical care. In a 2016 report ‘Prevalence of Chronic Pain and High-Impact Chronic Pain Among Adults’ the CDC found that an estimated 20.4% (50.0 million) of U.S. adults had chronic pain and 8.0% of U.S. adults (19.6 million) had high-impact chronic pain.

The key to raising awareness about chronic or acute pain is to get directly involved. Visit the American Chronic Pain Association’s main site (they have a great pain awareness toolkit to get you started), speak with family and friends about Pain Awareness Month and encourage them to do the same, and keep a weather eye on our blog because all month we will be posting articles surrounding how to combat chronic pain naturally. 

By participating in Pain Awareness Month you can help build a better understanding and support people with chronic and acute pain so that they may lead better lives.