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How Sharing Your Painkiller Addiction Story Can Help You and Others

How Sharing Your Painkiller Addiction Story Can Help You and OthersRecovering from painkiller abuse is not easy. Long after the physical effects of drug addiction are over, individuals often continue to struggle with psychological dependence. Cravings are one symptom of lingering mental dependency. Other signs include the following:

  • Mood swings
  • Depression or anxiety when not able to take drugs
  • Loss of motivation
  • Inability to handle typical pressures
  • Loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed

Understanding the emotional and mental-health related difficulties behind a painkiller addiction is essential for recovery. Most treatment programs address underlying issues with tools that include the following:

  • Counseling
  • Stress management training
  • Family therapy
  • Support group meetings
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Treating the underlying causes of generally is a long process. Even small steps taken toward emotional and psychological health can bring relief from the obsession to use. A strong recovery program eventually leads to a recovery maintenance stage of complete freedom.

Storytelling as Relapse Prevention

One of the most effective ways to build sobriety and prevent relapse is to share your recovery story. Although every story is different, all recovery stories should include:

  • What it was like – a description of life during active addiction
  • What happened – a story of the events that helped you become willing to get sober
  • What it’s like today – how life is different in recovery

Several ways to tell your story include the following:

  • Speak in group meeting
  • Talk to a therapist
  • Start a blog
  • Volunteer at a local rehab center

Sharing your experience, strength and hope in recovery can give new meaning to your life and place you in a recovery community that is positive and purposeful. Other benefits of talking about your experience include:

  • Education – Many people, especially teens and young adults, don’t realize the devastating effects that painkiller abuse can have. Sharing your story is a powerful way to raise awareness.
  • Community – Being honest breaks the isolation often caused by addiction.
  • Hope – Talking about your struggles can help you realize that you are not alone. It can also offer hope to people who doubt that recovery is possible.
  • Influence – People who hear your story may be less inclined to try drugs or alcohol.
  • Inspiration – Hearing about how someone overcame addiction to painkiller can motivate others to make positive changes in their lives.

Some people are reluctant to share their addiction stories because of performance anxiety. They may believe that they need to have it “all together” in order to deserve an audience. However, honesty about struggles, fears and challenges is a tremendous asset that makes an individual’s story relevant to others.

Help for Painkiller Abuse

If you or someone you love struggles with painkiller abuse, you are not alone. Recovery counselors at our toll-free 24 hour helpline can guide you to wellness. You never have to go back to a life of addiction. Please call and start your recovery today.

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