Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Living with Chronic Pain

Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Limitations are everywhere.  "Buy 1, Get 1 Free!"  "Speed Limit 55".  "Limit 1 per customer."  The reality is we live in a world full of limits and limitations.  We want to believe otherwise.  Why?  Because we equate limitations with weakness (see: Chronic Pain).

For those of you who suffer with chronic pain, life can be a challenge on a moment-to-moment basis.  When you are in pain all the time, time moves very slow.  You feel all the bumps and bruises of the condition that afflicts you and the consequences of that affliction.  These are called limitations.  

For example, I wear glasses.  I have worn them for the past 20 years.  I am extremely near-sighted. Thankfully, I don't have any major vision issues.  I am grateful for the sight that I do have.  However, if I do not have my glasses on and need to see something more than 3 feet away, it is a whole different story.  It's like I'm standing at the corner of 'Desperate Blvd.' and ' Pathetic Street'!  I can't see anything but blobs and fuzzy things in front of me.  It is a definite limitation!  

I can't even play paint ball because the mask fogs up on the inside, which fogs my glasses, which leaves me unable to see, which makes my marksmanship less than stellar and leaves me vulnerable to getting splattered with paint because I can't see the enemy.  Do you see the difference just 1 limitation can make in your life?  Thank goodness I don't play paintball for a living or I'd be looking for a new job within the first few hours of employment! 

Have you been there?  Have you stood at the corner of 'Desperate Boulevard,' and 'Pathetic Street.'?  You are desperate for pain relief.  You're desperate for freedom from chronic pain.  You've tried all sorts of remedies and nothing seems to work.  Then you feel like a permanent resident on 'Pathetic Street' and resign yourself to a life of suffering.  

Perhaps you found a temporary reprieve from the pain through chronic pain medication like opiates such as Vicodin, Percocet, or even Heroin?  You may be on Methadone or Suboxone.  Maybe the medications have helped but deep down you feel so dependent on them like you're living with a ball and chain, so to speak.  Maybe it's time to do something different.   Maybe living with chronic pain can be easier?

I think it is important to recognize that it is difficult to live with chronic pain.  It is not right.  It is not fair.  Unfortunately, it is reality.  When we shrink from reality, we don't do well.  We must embrace reality and accept chronic pain as it occurs while continuing to seek appropriate treatment in a way the decreases the chance of physical dependency to opiates instead of raising them. 

That''s why I invite you to consider The Coleman Institute.  We specialize in helping people detox off of opiates, alcohol, benzos, Methadone, and Suboxone.  We often find that our chronic pain patients report their actual pain level has lessened after they complete the detox compared to what it was before the detox! 

If you are tired of being dependent on 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!

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