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Addictions because of a Parent

Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by Deeishere, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. OHelloMe

    OHelloMe Active Contributor

    @Mara I cannot thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and encouragement. Sometimes the best way to avoid a true addiction is to never start. The only reason I take pain medications is because I have serious pain. I'm that person that never tried Medical Marijuana until I was 22 and I only did it to see if it could be an alternative to pain medication.

    Regardless of my need for these medications, two things I've always sworn to are:
    1. Never Buy Narcotics Illicitly
    2. Never Use Heroin
    It is very tempting to break my rule, especially I had my fair share of difficult and stubborn doctors. However, it is never the answer to circumvent your pain management specialist. Going behind his or her back. It only takes one arrest or drug test that doesn't test right for you to get kicked out. Nothing illicit is worth jeopardizing my relationship with my specialist.
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  2. Mara

    Mara Community Champion

    Hi @OHelloMe!

    How I wish that most of us are as strong as you. I think it's a good thing that you have your own set of rules and that you abide by them. For most people, sticking to a regiment is tough. I admit I am one of those people. I am not much for discipline. But, I try my best. :)
  3. Geeka

    Geeka Member

    I certainly don't think so. Absolutely not. It could certainly influence the child, but up to a certain age only. Outside of home, there will always be other kinds of influences that he or she would be exposed to without necessarily coming from the parents first.
  4. oportosanto

    oportosanto Community Champion

    It's a really hard work to prevent addiction. Based on my experience, parents should find activities their kids love or else they will find their own activities, usually worse.
  5. OHelloMe

    OHelloMe Active Contributor

    @Mara Yah. It often feels like I'm actively in recovery even though I still take medications out of necessity. Any addict in recovery will be a recovering addict for life. It may seem daunting, but it is because every day it takes a lot of self-care to ensure you don't slip up and use to escape. It is about keeping an open dialogue with those around you and finding the strength and support not to relapse.

    For me it is similar, I keep an active conversation going about my usage because it makes me accountable. I have a full disclosure and honesty policy with my pain doctor. It makes all the difference. In the world. Some days are harder than others, and I slip up from time to time, but the trick to that is just to get back up and do better. One step back, two steps forward.
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