Chris Newcomb, M.Div.
Without health, we have nothing. The fact is I rely on my health more than I realize from day to day. I rely on my eyes to help me brush my teeth, which I rely on to help me eat food, which I rely on to help my body stay strong and healthy, which I rely on to live my life successfully, which I rely on because I don't want to be a failure, which I rely on...you get the point!!! But what do you do when your life is overtaken by chronic pain? I'm talking about the occasional headache. I'm talking about genuine, unrelenting, annoying, unsolvable chronic pain? Many people give up. They resign themselves to suffering and just 'grin and bear it' or 'take it like a man'. Others may struggle with similar feelings but choose in spite of the feelings to push forward towards a more healthy life. Neither path is easy but one pays better dividends than the other!
Motivation is somewhat of an enigma. Some say it is all internal. Others say it is all external. I think it is both. When we can, we generate it internally. Sometimes, however, we all need a little help from time to time to stay motivated when we can't generate it ourselves. Chronic pain makes motivation even more difficult.
People with chronic pain often tire of being told to 'get over it' or 'stop complaining'. They get their feelings hurt because their struggles are not always respected and taken seriously by others. They often feel misunderstood, helpless, hopeless, angry, depressed, and resentful. These emotions are all justified and important to feel in order to address the impact that chronic pain can have on someone's life.
When we treat people with medication addiction for chronic pain, I usually refer them to a counselor in their area. The reality with chronic pain is science either fixes it, in which case quality of life increases dramatically, or science tries to get the pain as close to fixed as possible. The difference between a cure and the most tolerable level of chronic pain is the parameters which the patient will deal with going forward. This is also an indication of potential stress that will be experienced as well.
Staying motivated is crucial to dealing with chronic pain. If a person does not choose to be motivated, they are in for a long ride. If you can't generate any motivation from the inside, please enjoy today's blog as a gift. The artwork posted above can be said out loud or read silently. Either way, it is good stuff. It will challenge your thinking about your pain and the place it has in your life. And, it may provide some relief from the stress you're under in dealing with your chronic pain.
At The Coleman Institute, we try to motivate people dealing with prescription drug addiction to get clean and stay clean. If you or someone you love is in need of detox off of opiates, alcohol, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869. We're here for you!