How to handle chronic pain?

by Lucas

My addiction is morphine, I'm Lucas and I'm an addict. How do I handle chronic pain?

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Addiction can increase physical and emotional pain
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Lucas,

Admitting your addicted to morphine is a great first step in your recovery. Drug addiction attacks the brain and changes it so that the ONLY thing your brain "thinks" it wants is morphine.

The brain is also where chronic pain is experienced and often addicts experience MORE pain as part of their brain's craving for the morphine. The "pain" motivates you to get more of the drug and the cycle continues.

Also, other types of mental health conditions increase pain. Conditions like depression, bi-polar, anxiety, somatic disorders, or personality disorders can increase physical as well as emotional pain.

To help manage your pain you should go to your doctor and be candid with him/her about your addiction. Then you should get a referral for addiction treatment and learn how to move past your addiction.

Chronic pain is best managed by individual counseling to address any mental health disorders, strong social support to learn to live a low stress life, group therapy for additional social support, and mindfulness training which will likely included meditation and relaxation. Medication can also be used but will only work if supervised by an experienced pain management physician.

I would also recommend that you join NA or AA right away and go to meetings daily for the support you need to turn your life around.

Good luck; you've taken the first step to end your dependence on morphine, now go ahead and take some more.

Debbie

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