Addidctions to Pain Medication

How does one become addicted to pain medication, or any other medication?  I am not opposed to medication, I will take what I have to take to get away from the pain.  But I like to take my medication and move on; you won’t see me at the doctor stating that I am still in pain when I am not to get my prescription refilled.  Yet I am still intrigued as to how some people get addicted to pain medication and others do not.

I have taken various medications over the years.  I took medication for pain in my knee when it became swollen, pain in the appendix, pain in my mouth when I had an abscess and other denture pain.  I have also taken anti-depressants back in the day, but then would abruptly stop taking them because I did not like the way that they made me feel (some emotions, no matter how tragic, are often better than none at all; granted this was back in the eighties).  These days people abuse Ritalin, vicodin, percoset and codeine. 

Codeine is an interesting drug; I had the opportunity to have the prescription refilled to and I had to walk away from it.  The drug has a way of sneaking up on you and is very habit forming.  But again, if I do not have the symptoms why would I want to take the drug?  My love/hate relationship with drugs began with I was a kid; first I took drugs for hyperactivity, then I took drugs for depression, then I was taking drugs because I was clinically depressed.  The drugs do not do anything to treat the illness; therapy helps, and God helps, but the drugs by themselves do nothing but manipulate the emotions.

These commercials on television make it seem as though the drugs are really going to help someone.  I can understand someone who is manic depressive (or Bipolar, I don’t know what the correct term is these days) or schizophrenic taking drugs, for obvious reasons.  But if you are depressed that is something that you are going to have to work your way through.  I am not referring to people that are depressed for biological reasons that simply do not have any way out of their depression that are in a comatose state and are unable to do anything.  Clearly, you have to treat that aspect of the depression before you do anything else.  But there comes a point and a time when you have to get yourself together and stop being a patient.  It is time consuming, you loose out on the better years of your life, people abandon you and alienate you (I would not even want to be around myself when I was depressed), and the cost, financially, spiritually, and physically is not worth it. 

The commercials on television should be for the doctors treating the patients, not the other way around.  If you were a doctor and someone was already sold on the idea of drug x, y or z and you knew you could prescribe it for them even though technically, you knew it would not be in their best interests what would you do?  I am not saying that every doctor is like the individual in the movie Requim for a Dream, but you have to realize who or what it is that you are placing your faith into in order to get over this condition.  A doctor has to get paid just like everyone else.  Sometimes we are speeding and we deserve that ticket for wreck less driving, and other times we are nervous because we see a cop on the road and we are not driving with any insurance.  An individual that is depressed may not have the mental facilities to do what is necessary to move on and might find themselves where they do not belong.  Someone who is depressed is still going to suffer the consequences of those actions, as the person driving without insurance should, but seeing that they are not emotionally or psychologically prepared to interact with others they may need to work on themselves before they burden anyone else with their issues.  You are supposed to take that time off to get yourself together, but you cannot stay there forever because those resources are no substitute for real life and are not heaven on earth.  But that is enough of my rant against medication; despite my misgivings about addiction, we all have our own lives to lead.  Enjoying it without medication, is easier for some, near impossible for others …

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