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Treating pain after opioid addiction: A personal story

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If you have been addicted to opioids you can probably relate to this story. Many become addicted after they’re given these medications for pain. After recovery it can be hard to get your pain dealt with since you obviously don’t want to take the same thing again. You also have to deal with the stigma attached to addiction and with doctors who think you are just a drug seeker. All of these can hinder your medical care.

Key Takeaways:

  • While opiate pharmaceuticals may not be the first, best line of response to all pain scenarios, there are times when nothing else will do.
  • Recovered opiate addicts can safely take opiates for a limited time period, to overcome severe pain, but they need support to do it wisely.
  • It is helpful, for example, to have a partner, willing to act as nurse, doling out the medication, as needed.

“the key to all addiction treatment is being open and honest. It is critical to check in with one’s support network about medications, cravings, and fears, and to use all of the recovery tools that are available to you, such as asking for help if you need to, and not trying to control things that can’t be controlled.”

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