The majority of people who use pain medication do not become addicted, indicating that the drugs themselves are not necessarily the cause of addiction. One becomes addicted to opioids not so much because the drugs are addictive, but because they “work” for the user who has other issues in addition to the physical pain that the drug addresses. Understanding the root causes of the need for medication and developing a plan with a long-term approach to dealing with both physical and psycho-spiritual pain can be successful.
Attitude and action are critical factors in overcoming addiction. Here are some ways to change each that may help you reduce your need to abuse pain medications.
Change Your Beliefs
Life does not always turn out the way we expect, like a movie with a happy ending. Life is full of difficulties, and things sometimes change for better or worse. Sadness caused by the realization of giving up a dream or mourning opportunities lost can be painful, but can also lead to peace and acceptance. Reflect on your current abilities, skills, and situation. Be realistic and change your expectations for a healthier attitude. If you wanted to be a millionaire before the age of 30 and your birthday is tomorrow, do not give up and get frustrated or depressed. Instead consider setting a smaller goal and figure out a way that you might realistically reach it, perhaps through investing in the future with more education, which can enable higher earnings. Meeting smaller goals you can reach feels really good and inspires further action.