About 300 million pain prescriptions were written in 2015. The pain industry is a 24 billion dollar market devoted to masking and reducing pain.
fear of pain is a primal instinct, and since we understood our senses we have been programmed to avoid pain. However pain plays a vital part in our lives and more specifically our growth. Pain can provide feedback, tell us important information, and be the catalyst for positive changes. Pain can be temporary, but the rewards can be great.
Resistance builds muscle, so always avoiding pain is a dangerous recipe for stagnation and stunted growth. Taking Norco, Vicodin, or OxyContin, to name a few, does not heal anything, but rather provides temporary relief. However, often times the price you pay for temporary relief is dependence to the pain reliever itself and/or greater more persistent pain down the road. Taking these drugs does not provide you with a learning experience or opportunity for introspection. In fact, it numbs you from the reality of what the pain’s source is. It might buy you time, but does not encourage you to take action.
Millions of people have to utilize pain relief medication for various reasons and are thankful to have these options. Today’s medical advances and availability to medications should be celebrated, but not shoved down the throats of millions as a “one size fits all” approach to pain management. Do we always need to be so quick to silence and numb our pain? Have we found ourselves unwilling to experience any discomfort even if it means learning, growing, and becoming stronger? Are we always looking for a very easy way out or the quick solution instead of taking the time to identify root causes? Approximately 78 people die every day in this country from opiate addiction. It might be time for us to reevaluate our relationship with pain.
If you or someone you love suffers from chronic pain related addictions, do not hesitate to call and speak with one of our counselors for a free consultation 949-200-7929.
Tom Buckley, CADC II Director of Marketing and Outreach, Pacific Solstice