I’m not condemning anyone. I have been on both sides of the spectrum so I understand. But, I hope the other side can see how it feels, as a pain patient. However, I AM condemning the label and stigma that surrounds the term ‘drug addict’ ~
If anything, we should be caring and compassionate to the folks who may of abused prescribed medications or any other substance, because they’re in pain also. It is the reason why they are abusing something in the first place. But, no one seems to get that. My issue is that stop labeling someone something that they are not, regardless of what it may be. For one it’s a lie and second it’s not fair to the person who is being misrepresented.
For example, someone who is taking opioids to numb mental and emotional pain shouldn’t be taking opioids in the first place. First of all, they’re taking the wrong kind of medication. Second, the person who is numbing their emotional pain is not addressing the underlying problem.
I hope I’m not coming off as attacking, because in no way shape or form am I mad at anyone who has an addiction or abused opioids. I am looking down on the healthcare professionals and surrounding people who judge others for taking something for pain or other ailments, whether it be opioids, weed, or Kratom. It’s not right to punish pain patients either or deny them, or classify them as having substance abuse disorders and condemn them for abusing their medication when they have not done that. People who abused their medications need to understand how jacked up that is that now people can’t even get pain relief because others can’t take them responsibly. I don’t hold it against the person who has the disorder or addiction because I’m a psych nurse on top of it. I’ve been on the other side slightly. But, I understand addiction and mental trauma, which drives addiction. It is the healthcare professionals and government who are denying people their medications or assuming they’re abusing it because other people do and that’s messed up. Also, people who condemn others for taking even Kratom everyday. If someone is abusing their medications then I can see it needs to be addressed but people who are responsible and have legitimate problems who have never ever abused anything are being classified as having substance abuse problems or an addiction and that’s NOT OKAY 💚
Bottom Line is that the addiction community and pain community have been forced to conjoin sort of so we need to hear each other out. I have a right to feel the way I do without being attacked from anyone. Anyone in the addiction community or anyone who judges others for having to rely on something ..try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes and then maybe you can understand how pain patients are getting the short end of the stick. It’s not about making the other side feel bad. It’s about vindication as a human being not wanting to be misunderstood and categorized or treated like they did something wrong. I don’t believe in swearing especially when writing or in business matters so my apologies for the one little swear word. It is just so unfair what is happening to pain patients that I had a moment of weakness. So, friends I hope that you can look past this. Lol. Love and Hugs to you all ~ Kami Ann🌟🍃