Dear Pain Patients, Let’s STOP This

Stop sign
We need to STOP.

Dear fellow pain patients,

We need to STOP.
It may be an unpopular opinion, but I am so tired of the “blame the addicts” mentality. Honestly, I’ve been tired of it since day one.

Addiction is an illness…whether or not that person made a bad decision in the beginning or became addicted due to pain treatment (which the CDC’s own researchers say happens very rarely and which they knew before issuing their guidelines for prescribing pain medication in 2016), it is an illness just the same and they suffer regardless.

Pretty sure no one ever intends to become an addict. It isn’t a goal of What I Want To Be When I Grow Up.

Addicts are not the cause of pain patients’ suffering, and this opioid war is not saving or helping them, either. Which I think addicts and their families may feel misled or betrayed about; I know I would in their shoes.

Put the blame squarely where it is due – on the government’s inability to admit they are fighting the drug war on the wrong front and ineffectively, and their desire to look as if they’re trying when they haven’t clue one…even at the expense of us all, patients and addicts alike.
It is their willingness to make us all collateral damage that has caused this mess, and nothing else.

Where is our compassion for others who are suffering, too?

Be well, or as well as you can.

– Selena
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4 thoughts on “Dear Pain Patients, Let’s STOP This

  1. Selena, this was a brilliant post! I enjoyed reading how life is from your point of view. I am looking forward to reading more of your posts and hope if you have time you will check out my site. I hope your week started of well and it only gets better!!

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      1. You are more than welcome! I really wish I had known about the blogging community when I was first diagnosed with MS because it would have been so helpful! I do hope when you do stop by my site you will find it helpful!!

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      2. I had to work up my nerve and get past my inner critic first…and that took leaving a longtime admin post (the subsequent boredom was killer lol) and my 20 year old son telling me that I had “underused talent and a relevant voice, so just go for it.”
        Lol. I can’t say I lack support, thankfully. With the lack of it so many have, I’m lucky. But I do thrive on that interaction and being a source of encouragement to others, and having those who understand this life to connect with.


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