Taking prescription pain medications daily is how many of us dealing with chronic pain and chronic illness function and make it through the day. Doctors, pharmacists, and even us as patients have been brainwashed to believe that we are addicts because we need something stronger than Tylenol or Advil to survive the pain, sometimes excruciating and unbearable, that are a part of our chronic illnesses. After a couple of encounters myself with pharmacists, I have started to question if maybe I have a problem with prescription pain medications. But I am not falling for that crap any longer – especially after seeing what true prescription pill addiction is.
This week there was a woman on the Dr. Phil show who takes in two days what prescription pain meds I use in an entire month! This woman is taking anywhere from 30 – 50 pills a day – I go through a prescription of 90 Vicodin every 30 days. This show really got me thinking about how unrealistic the medical profession and pharmacists can be if they think that those of us with chronic pain can possibly go on a couple of pills a month. I realize now that I was giving in to their thinking and their brainwashing and I know that I do not have a problem.
Someone who is an addict has to have their pills. They will go through withdrawal, steal, beg the doctor, do whatever they have to to get their fix. If I happen to run out before my prescription is filled, which can happen occasionally because there are days when I might have to take 4 pills, I do not have withdrawal, or have to steal to get them. I may suffer from the pain but I wait until the insurance will refill the medication.
On the Dr. Phil show, the addicted woman admitted to taking 6 Vicodin at ONE TIME – that is two days worth of pills for me. It’s a wonder she is even still alive.
So the next time your doctor or pharmacist accuses you of being an addict because you need a prescription refill for your monthly supply, remember to put into perspective what an “addict” really is. More than likely it is not you.