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Getting hooked on pain killers, How to let them go!

Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by tasha, Nov 23, 2015.

  1. tasha

    tasha Community Listener Community Listener

    It is so easy to get hooked onto pain killers because they take the pain away and they also make you forget about how you got the pain in the first place.
    Morphine and Oxytocin in hospital is given to relieve pain and make the doctors jobs easier because you are silent. Once you get out of the hospital you are issued with a few more pain killers but just enough to avoid you getting hooked. The problem is that once you are out of the hospital and you are home alone trying to help yourself, the pain seems more and more strenuous on your body and you end up finishing the heavy pain meds that were given to you and you know that you cant get more but you do go out to find something else. Because you are so weak, whatever you get kicks in and makes you feel relaxed and numb but after a few days your body is immune.
    This is the time where we have a choice! The choice to get more meds in some way or to let go of the pain and try to build ourselves up again by getting stronger physically, mentally and health is on the horizon.
    How many people do get to make the right decision?
    Not as many as we would like to think but there is a way to kick the pills before they kick you to the curb...
    It is a mind set; you need to tell yourself that whatever happened to give you the pain is gone and you might not forget it but you can move passed it.
    Exercise is important and you need to get yourself out of the house and into the sunshine so that you can change your moods.
    Many find it difficult to kick the pain killers because they don't want to forget the pain and they feel warm in a dark place but there is a life out there and it might not feel like it will be any better for you but it will be because the worst has already happened and it is time now to find a new you and find some light after the dark, because you are worth it!!
  2. serenity

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  3. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Community Champion

    Honestly, I am kind of getting hooked to painkiller liniment nowadays. Whenever I would experience bad headache, I would prefer to use the liniment instead of taking a pill. And I have noticed that I am becoming way too dependent on it. Even though I don't really have a headache, I would still use it. I know this is a bad habit, but sometimes I couldn't help it.
  4. tasha

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  5. tasha

    tasha Community Listener Community Listener

    Pain killers are dangerous because you don't think that something that is helping you temporarily will damage you long term.
  6. Meds

    Meds Active Contributor

    You make some solid points here. It always marvelous me how people take painkillers even when they are not in pain. It seems to be not a physical problem but a psychological one.
  7. Meds

    Meds Active Contributor

    It's a bad habit and it could lead to your death. Take a serious advice from a friend that cares, you need to stop.
  8. mayasupernova

    mayasupernova Active Contributor

    Any addition is very serious and can lead to a lot of consequences, even to death, as @Meds warned us.
    Painkillers are know to easily cause addiction and one has to be very careful when using them. Any long-term usage can lead to a serious addiction, when your body gets used to painkiller, some other chemicals running through your system. One day, when and if you decide to abruptly stop using them, there occur many symptoms like muscle pain, restlessness and some jerking of the leg. It is also very important to say that the more drugs you use, the more your body build a tolerance to that drug, which means that it will always require more and more drugs to relieve you from pain. We all know pain killers do not cure your pain, just put it in the shadow so to say..In the end, the drugs can slow your breathing down, to the point that one day you just stop breathing. Pretty scary thing...Be careful, and try to find some help as soon as possible.
  9. rcdpink

    rcdpink Active Contributor

    I need some painkillers from for my heart. My heart has been broken in pieces for the past couple of months. Stress and distress is from all around. It is in these times that the urge to regress to my addiction comes about. It takes a lot of strength to disregarded the swirl of emotions... The temptations. But I've learned all too well that feelings won't last forever.
  10. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    Anything that a person takes out of habit rather than necessity is a form of addiction, and when pain killers are involved it's a lot easier to justify taking them.

    A lot of painkillers are either prescribed by a doctor, or bought over the counter and that also lulls people into a false sense of security as they don't think they can be that dangerous, considering they're easy to get old of.
  11. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    With all of the addiction out there, I think I would rather live with the pain of an injury for a little while than chance getting hooked on painkillers. It is scary and doctors are too quick to prescribe heavy narcotics these days, especially to people who are predisposed to addiction.
  12. tasha

    tasha Community Listener Community Listener

    It is true, they easily given out and really not out of reach at all but the truth is that you can only live in the dark for so long. When you are on them you think they are making you feel better but it is only when you are off them that you see how low they really made you feel and without it, the world doesn't seem as dark anymore, there is hope which you never thought you had on them.
  13. oraclemay

    oraclemay Community Champion

    I do think that this happens more often than we realize and I can understand it happening easily, especially when you are suffering. I recall taking a lot of tabs after hurting my arm in a motorbike accident years ago. I would just pop pills all the time to make myself more comfortable. Thank God it got better and I stopped. I think this is a real issue for many and possibly acts as a gateway to stronger drugs.
  14. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    What of using herbs to kill the pain? There are some good natural pain killers. Sure they won't be as effective as the drugs made by pharmaceutical companies but fact is they do work and one should attempt to use them first before they think of using painkillers and maybe avoid being hooked.

    Some good natural painkillers:

    - Ginger.
    - Turmeric.
    - Valerian root.
    - Devils Claw
    - Cherries
    - Capsaicin
  15. tasha

    tasha Community Listener Community Listener

    That is great advice Rainman! There are a number of herbs and spices and even foods that can help with pain. They do work too!