Coming To Terms With The Label
Most people will not admit to being an “addict”. What comes with that word is nothing good. People simply do NOT want to be thought of as a drug addict. This is very common and very easy to understand why. Perhaps, an addict knows within their heart that they are indeed an addict, but admitting this out-loud is another story.
For many years, I would never admit that I was an opioid addict. I was ashamed and embarrassed. This was NOT suppose to happen to me. I was on top of the world prior to becoming fully addicted to Fentanyl.
In the end, we are all addicts. We are in the same boat. But, how we got there might be very different. Some became addicted after trying drugs for recreation. Others might have been pressured into trying Heroin or Pain Pills.
Then, we also have a lot of people who became addicts after legally being prescribed opioids by their Doctor. This was my situation.
I was on strong opioids BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER a series of reconstructive surgeries to repair damage in my shoulder and neck. My ordeal lasted more than a decade and I am still coping with physical pain today. But, I don’t take opioids anymore. I simply can’t. Addiction and Alcoholism runs in my family and it is genetic.
If your parents or uncles were an addict, you have a high chance of becoming the same if you ever begin taking opiates or opioids ( Heroin or Pain Pills) over a long period of time.
I felt with my situation that ANYONE who would take these powerful opioids like I did for as long as I did would become addicts too. Maybe this is the case or maybe not. There are plenty of people who get prescribed pain medications and never become addicted. They might become dependent, but that is totally different than addicted.
When you take opioids like Fentanyl or OxyContin for long periods of time your body become tolerant to the drug. You need more of it to get the same pain relief you had in the past. This is what happened to me. I began finishing my prescription two weeks early every month.
I needed to take more so that my pain would be reduced. My Doctor would not refill my script early therefore I would go into hardcore withdrawal every month waiting for my refill.
I was locked in and did not know what to do. I was being controlled by this stupid substance and that was way out of my character. But, this is the danger. Opiates can take control over anyone and everyone no matter how disciplined you are.
They are stronger than you are. You CAN beat your addiction and this is exactly what we talk about on this site www.HEROinInMe.com. We are here to use our experience to help others.
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When preparing articles for our Readers, we like to go straight to the source. We can learn more by listening directly to addicts and recovering addicts. We thank Gail Gabbert from Opiate Support Group, for providing us with this PodCast.
Click the link below to listen to a group of recovering opiate addicts ‘spill their guts’ about admitting to the label of being an “addict”.
These are honest and strong people, because rarely does one immediately identify themselves as having an addiction. The causes and progression of addiction are complex and unfold over time.
Resistance to the label of addiction is common. Listen to this support group as they discuss their thinking as they came to accept the label of ‘addict’.
- When was the point in your life that you accepted that you were addicted to a substance?
- What was your thinking process as you came to accept that you were an addict?
- What were the consequences of your drug use? Did the negative consequences present a red flag that you were addicted?
- Did you compromise your values over time? Did this change of values present a red flag that you were addicted?
- Did you lose control of your behavior? Was this a red flag that you were addicted?
- What did your loved ones telling you? Was that a red flag?
- What was your substance abuse trying to tell you? It could have been trying to tell you something about your life, something that needs to change, or a trauma that hasn’t healed.
- Have you participated in psychotherapy to address the underlying issues of addiction?
⇓ ⇓ Click On The Link Below To Listen To PodCast ⇓ ⇓
Sam Dylan Finch, 5 Better Questions to Ask Than ‘Am I an Alcoholic?’, http://www.thefix.com/5-better-questions-ask-am-i-alcoholic
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