What’s Underneath Your Pain Pill Addiction?
If you understand gardening, then you understand that weeds can overtake a beautiful garden in no time if they are not contended with at the very root. If you simply break off part of the weed, that weed will just keep growing and growing. In order for that weed to stop growing, you have to dig down a little and remove the whole root.
This same principle applies to various aspects of life, including pain pill addiction. For example, if you’ve come to the conclusion that you are an alcoholic or an addict, the actual drinking or drugging is more or less a symptom of something else going on underneath and unless you tackle those issues at the root, you’re likely to continue with negative emotions and/or behaviors and perhaps relapse.
Why does addiction happen to some people?
Addiction occurs for various reasons and sometimes it’s not always known why it occurs. Here are some common reasons some people become addicted to alcohol or drugs:
- Peer pressure. Some people get introduced to mind-altering substances through peer pressure. They succumb to the pressure and find out that they really like the effects of the alcohol or drugs, so they continue to use them, oftentimes leading to chemical abuse and dependence.
- Addictive personality. Some experts assert that certain people are more prone to addiction; it’s their personality type.
- Mental health issues. Some people fall into addiction because of mental health or emotional issues. For example, if someone is suffering from extreme anxiety, they may reach for alcohol when they enter a social situation to ease the anxiety. After a while, they become dependent on drinking and find that they cannot stop.
- Some experts assert that addiction is hereditary.
- Dysfunctional environment. Some that grow up in a home where substance abuse is prevalent may feel that such an environment is normal or they may start using in order to cope with the dysfunction.
- No obvious reason. Sometimes there just isn’t a reason for someone becoming addicted to drugs. It remains a mystery.
Why you should get to the root of pain pill addiction
It is important that once you stop using pain pills, or any other drug, that you start digging to get to the root of your pain pill addiction. Now you might not always be able to find the exact root, but you will most likely uncover some issues that you’ve been stuffing. If you do not dig down and excavate some layers, you are more prone to relapse, suffer internally, act out in certain ways, and not experience peace and joy like you’d like.
There are plenty of issues underneath people’s addiction and most have no idea what these are until they begin seriously digging deep. They must take a season to get honest with themselves and go on an inner journey on their own or with a counselor. Then, once they discover what their root causes are, make a huge commitment to contend with them, so that they can move on in life feeling free and happy.
If you’re serious about abstaining from pain pills, be prepared to start doing some digging. This will require work on your part, so roll up your sleeves and begin digging. As you begin excavating the dirt, you’ll be more apt to discover those feelings you’ve stuffed and repressed for years and years. You may also uncover some old wounds from childhood or adulthood, which will be painful. Now, you don’t have to stay stuck in pain at all. You can simply acknowledge the roots, process them, learn valuable lessons, and move on in your recovery.
What you can do:
Develop effective coping strategies. Drinking or drugging is not an effective life coping strategy, so moving forward it is important to learn coping skills that are positive and helpful. For example, instead of stopping at the bar when you’re angry, come up with several positive things you can do when you’re angry. Maybe you can begin a new hobby, have a designated person to talk to when you’re angry, or start an exercise regimen.
Educate yourself on pain pill addiction. When you can learn about the disease of addiction, you’re more apt to stay on the road of recovery. Remember that addiction is a disease and it can be managed. Take some time to read about addiction via books, websites, and blogs.
Get in touch with your emotions. Chances are you’ve been numbing your emotions by drinking or drugging. It will be important moving forward to get in touch with your emotions and learn to work through them. If you’re really struggling emotionally, consider getting some counseling to work through them and grow emotionally.
Try alternative methods. Many people have found methods of meditation or yoga to help them progress on their recovery journey.
Create some goals. Write down your short and long-term goals and then create an action plan to work toward achieving them. Put this in a place that you will see daily to serve as a reminder.
Attending a drug rehab
Some people just cannot stop an addiction on their own. They may have tried over and over to quit by themselves, but could not succeed. Attending an inpatient or outpatient rehab can serve helpful in such situations.
An inpatient rehab is a treatment facility where you pack up your things and stay for usually around one month. There are trained substance abuse professionals at the facility that will assist you with your pain pill addiction. They will help you learn about addiction, and how you can best go on to live a life where you’re not addicted to drugs.
You will be monitored around-the-clock, which can be quite helpful, especially if you’re going through withdrawal symptoms. You may also be able to attend a 12 Step meeting, such as Narcotics Anonymous, which some find very helpful and supportive in their recovery journey.
An outpatient rehab is for those who cannot up and leave their home to attend treatment. Many cities offer outpatient rehab services and you can attend a certain number of sessions per week. You’ll be able to discuss a treatment plan with a specialist; one that works for you.
What’s great about attending a drug rehab is that you’re not left on your own to battle the powers of pain pill addiction. Those that try to tackle addiction on their own don’t usually get very far. Sure, they may have success for a while, but usually, they end up relapsing and giving up. When you can surround yourself with a treatment team, your chances of recovery increase greatly. You can also create a relapse prevention plan, and come up with a plan for continued support once you leave treatment.
Remember, recovery is a learned process and it’s a journey. It’s not perfection you’re after; it’s progress, so be sure to celebrate each milestone.
A word about relapse
Relapse is fairly common in early recovery. Whether your drug of choice is pain pills, alcohol, heroin, or marijuana, relapsing may occur, but the important thing to remember is that a relapse doesn’t mean you have to give up on recovery. It’s simply a step backward for the moment, but you have the choice of getting up and moving forward again. It’s not the reason you should just say, “Forget it. I’m just an addict.” Rather, it’s an opportunity for you to learn a valuable lesson and continue on in your recovery. Usually, over time and as you tweak your recovery program, relapses occur less and less.
As you move forward in your journey of sobriety, remember that the actual pain pill addiction is just a symptom of a larger issue underneath the surface. What helps many not to go back to their addiction is the realization that if they do, they are simply self-medicating some sort of wound (inner pain) and that wound will just fester and fester and never heal if they pick up a drink or look toward someone to ease their pain.
As with any disease, long-term management is important, but knowing the root causes are very important as well. What do you think is underneath your addiction?
- Fear of abandonment?
- Traumatic childhood?
- Lack of self-esteem?
- Relationship issues?
- Lack of identity?
Take some time to really do some contemplation and inner work. Begin a journey to discover the roots of your addiction and as you find each root, do the work necessary to remove the entire root. If you need help with this, reach out for help. There are counselors, men, and women in recovery circles willing to sponsor/mentor you, religious or spiritual counselors, etc. that will assist you.
You can even give us a call here at Elite Rehab Placement, and we can assist you with options regarding your pain pill addiction treatment. We have professionals that can answer any questions you have and get you going in the right direction. Admitting that you need help is your first step toward getting your life back and getting on the road to recovery. It may feel a bit scary, but know that you are not alone and you are quite courageous for reaching out for help.
You can overcome your addiction, but it will require some effort from you. It may not be easy, but rarely does anything of value come easy.
Can you do it?
We totally believe so! We believe in you are would love to assist you in getting started in overcoming your pain pill addiction.