pain

Narcotic Pain Meds In Recovery: To Take, Or Not To Take?

Narcotic Pain Meds In Recovery: To Take, Or Not To Take?

Dealing with chronic pain as a person in recovery is a controversial topic. Staunch 12 Steppers may take the hardline approach that you should not take anything stronger than Tylenol for pain. Others take a more pragmatic approach and listen to what their doctor considers to be the best treatment option.

Taking Opiates For Migraines Fueled My Drug Addiction

Taking Opiates For Migraines Fueled My Drug Addiction

From my very first codeine tablet, I was hooked. That warm fuzzy feeling permeated my body and my migraine—caused by severe dehydration and four bottles of wine the night before—almost vanished into thin air. I was transported to this almost memory-foam-type-fluffy-cloud.

How Did My Back Pain Turn Into An Addiction to Opiates?

How Did My Back Pain Turn Into An Addiction to Opiates?

When I was in the middle of my functional alcoholism—even though I don’t think there is such a thing, because that’s really an oxymoron!—I was very physically sick. I suffered with terrible skin conditions that required frequent trips to the ER; acute asthma requiring steroids, and due to my excessive 150 pounds I pulled my back muscles into frequent and debilitating spasms. I didn’t know that hurting my back would accelerate my spiral toward rock bottom and reveal a full-blown addiction.

Tricky, Tricky—Prescription Pills & Addiction

Tricky, Tricky—Prescription Pills & Addiction

What are the signs of addiction you should look for with prescription painkillers, stimulants, or benzos? More importantly, what do you have to gain by genuinely reflecting on your own use (or abuse) of pills and taking action to release yourself from their deadly grip?