Just take a pill

It’s way past time for me to write another post — and it’s coming — but this article is so important, I wanted to post it by itself.

Funny, I was at the doctor for severe neck pain last week when I ran across this article. And, true to every experience I have ever had with a doctor, the first option for the pain was the offer of narcotics.

Now, turns out, I do have a problem. And I have an MRI tomorrow to investigate further. (cervical spondylosis is the preliminary diagnosis from the xrays and some tests)

But will narcotics be the solution for me?

No. Not ever in this house. 

And that means I have to fight against the status quo.

Just take a pill.  

Every addict is faced with that easy option for a high any time they go to the doctor for pain. Or dentist, for that matter.

Do you know how hard it was to say no to pain medication for my neck? I’m sure you do if you’ve had any sort of serious pain.

But imagine if I had really wanted it. . . no one would know. Or care. Or blame me.

Read the article. And you’ll see how far behind this epidemic of prescribed painkiller addiction we really are.

Think about it. This is “NEWS” that Dave and I have known for 7 years: The Scary New Migraine Mistake in October’s edition of MORE magazine.

If the link above doesn’t work, try this one: http://www.more.com/migraine-medication-painkillers-addiction

3 thoughts on “Just take a pill

  1. You know I had a total hip replacement of my right hip last December. I decided that I didn’t want any Rx pain relief after leaving the hospital. When you have a hip replaced, they totally slice open your hip (about 7″), dislocate your hip to get at the old hip, saw off part of the femur bone, and then pound in a new hip socket ball and a new cup. I spent 2 days in the hosp on pain meds (and okay to be honest my hip really really hurt) but went home with NOTHING. I used tylenol and advil pretty much around the clock. Most of life is not pain free and folks have the expectation that they DO have the right to be pain free. I think the focus needs to be on making pain manageable to live through.

    Do the best you can with over the counter stuff! I applaud your decision to not bring it into the house. Keep up the good work – and I totally hope you feel better soon.

    xoxo

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    1. Sally, your hip replacement sounds like a horrible procedure!

      Chronic pain is a difficult thing. A dilemma, really. Addiction to pain meds can start so innocently. An injury, arthritis, migraines. The pills are prescribed to help you function and live a normal life.

      Once you’ve broken free from pills, though, surgery is a terrifying thing. One taste of that high can be disastrous. Surgery is one of the major causes of relapse for prescription drug addicts.

      I think one of the most disturbing things to me is that the drug, tramadol, that Dave was addicted to is still not a Schedule 2/Class 2, regulated drug. It is difficult to convince medical professionals that you are addicted to something for which they have received little to no information, and that you shouldn’t be prescribed any pain meds at all.

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  2. I agree…

    I’ve spent my share of time in the rooms of Narcotics Anonymous to need no further convincing that a certain percentage of us, once we start chemically medicating, will have a hard time stopping. Many of us will step onto a slippery slope that we have no idea will take us over an edge that we never knew existed. I believe this because I am one of them.

    My last alcohol and cocaine relapse was triggered by a prescription medication overseen by a Dr. It is that perecarious.

    So I am off most potentially mood altertering meds permanently including benzos and opes.

    Although addiction is not a result of moral failure or lack of everyday self-control, both morality and self-control do play a part in recovery. We have a moral obligation to find the help we need to stop. And we need to apply whatever level of self-control we have to the positive things that get and keep us clean and/or sober.

    The mistake most fall into is thinking that we need to apply our self-control directly and exclusively at the problem and just abstain. In my experience, this does not work. We are better to appling the self-control INDIRECTLY in the direction of for instance, a recovery meeting, medical help, linking in with support groups, reading recovery material, learning new thinking and behaving patterns.

    We, the few, are beyond the power of the will to stop once we start. It is for whatever reason or combination of reasons, a physical and/or chemical and/or cultural and/or spiritual and/or environmental predisposition.

    Awareness is critical… thanks for spreading the word.

    Ciao.

    Chaz

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