What makes someone an addict? Is someone who wakes up and requires coffee to un-zombiefie themself an addict to caffeine? I would say yes. Is someone who requires propylene glycol for constipation an addict? I would say yes. Is someone who smokes for nicotine an addict? I would say yes.
Is someone an addict if they are required to take medications prescribed to them in pain management that happen to belong to a class of medications known as schedule 1 narcotics? Yes and No. Sure, over time your body becomes dependant on the medications required to keep you out of pain but you are addicted to the relief and pain management, not the inside of the pain management envelope. Everything done to provide relief while in pain management is covered by the envelope of Addiction to Pain Management.
I am on several forms of narcotics. One being 2x daily percocet 7.5mg/325mg and the other is a 3 day 75mcg/hr Fentanyl patch. While my system requires these medications to be in them at all times or face withdrawal, I am not addicted to them. I can easily come off of these medications slowly and properly without issue as I have twice before in my 4 year pain management journey thus far. The medications in and of themselves are addictive but that doesn’t mean that the person taking them is an addict. Do you see someone looking to take more per day who runs out during the month go out to score some narcotics on the street or heroin for example? Sure. Those are addicts. They have problems with sticking to a regimen. The regimen keeps me from being an addict. Instead, I am dependant on a pain management regimen. The english is different because the forms of addiction are different.
I don’t go out and score narcotics because I take my medications the way I’m supposed to. I am able to function, to work, to be productive and to pay my bills. While the drugs might be addictive, I can come off of them. I have no wanting to be on these medications other than they stop my pain, for the most part.
What about Daisy Sue who happens to have an anxiety or depression problem and is on Klonopin or Diazepam? Why don’t people label people on psych meds addicts? Benzos are more addictive than narcotics for the most part for the long term and harder to get off of without rebound effects.
What about Marcus B who has chronic plaque Psoriasis? Is he an addict because his Humira is working for him and keeping him plaque free?
When calling someone an addict, take into consideration that there are many forms of addiction. From caffeine and sugar to food and driving – from narcotics and benzos to meds for constipation or crohns. I mean pick one or pick none.
In terms of me, again: I am dependent on a Pain Management regimen which has been fine tuned over 4 years which includes the usage of Narcotics to ease the disease in my cervical spine. As I’ve stated I don’t use more than I’m supposed to, I don’t go running out trying to score on the street and I certainly don’t go into my meetings each month acting hurt or with more pain to try and score more meds. What I have is working and I’m happy and thankful that it is working for me.
So before you go and call someone an addict think to yourself first. Think about your addictions or idio synchronicities that can be considered addictive or addictive behaviours as listed above including those items I didn’t list. Be mindful that there are people all around you on medications for issues you don’t know anything about because they choose not to share them with you but are struggling.
I am dependant.
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