How often have we been mistaken for who we are? Our looks, or how we speak leads people to conclusions that aren’t in the least bit accurate about who we really are.
The same can be said about those who suffer chronic pain. They are continually searching out newer and more powerful drugs to combat their pain. Yes, in some cases, there can be an addiction involved, yet in other cases, these are individuals for whom relief for their chronic pain remains elusive.
Unfortunately, a number of these individuals are frequent visitors to ER facilities. Like any other ER entry, the patient is diagnosed, and a cause for their ailment is sought out. Depending upon the type and acuteness of one’s chronic pain, anything from a mild to severe pain blocker might be administered, but that isn’t always the case, particularly if the source of pain can’t be deciphered.
These days, walking into an ER and announcing you’re in pain might very well get you nothing at all.
And why is that?
Maybe it’s because the ER already has its doubts about you, and thinks you’re simply a drug seeker, and not an actual sufferer of a disease or incapacitated by an injury.
Simply put, being labeled a drug seeker isn’t good for you or your chronic ailments.
WHAT ARE DRUG SEEKERS
According to many in the medical profession, drug seekers are more-or-less professional patients whose payment as professionals are often times prescription painkillers.
Drug seekers usually enter a ER facility complaining of pain somewhere on their body. The only trick with this is the pain has to be vague and deeply internal. Drug seekers understand that ambiguous pain can net better results than exact pain for which a specific pain blocker is prescribed.
And what are these results? Usually Percocet or an equally as-strong pain reliever.
These doubts may have to do with your medical history, the amount of ER facilities you visit in a certain period of time, or the medication you are on.
In short, because of your chronic pain.
HOW TO PROVE YOU’RE NOT A DRUG SEEKER
It’s an unfair position to be in, however with so many people in this country addicted to prescription pills and desperate enough to get them in any way possible, of course the ER has to be vigilant.
Yet, you as well have a responsibility to your own health. And if your health requires painkillers, the medical facility you visit should be obligated to give you what you need, particularly if you have a prior prescription.
To that end, always carry a copy of your doctor’s prescription with you. If you do need to go to the ER, you’ll have ready proof that shows you have a right to the prescription pills.
HOW TO MOVE BEYOND THE HASSLE OF BEING DESCRIBED AS A DRUG SEEKER
What’s interesting about rehabilitation is that each client has a different story as to how they became an addict. Addiction also has different levels of abuse; some addicts’ cases are more involved and harder to treat than others.
One focus holds true, though, in regard to chronic pain sufferers and the painkillers they’re prescribed: those painkillers are opioid based.
Most accredited rehabilitation centers are well versed in treating patients for opioid addiction. A good bet is to consult with one to see how you can free yourself from what may now be an addiction to painkillers, or at least the precursor to a possible addiction.
Seek advice for yourself as to how you can rid your life of prescription painkillers. Look into alternative sources to kill the pain you are experiencing. A rehab center can provide you with a comprehensive program that comprises diet, exercise and positive thought that can help decrease your physical need for prescription painkillers.
THE HOPED-FOR FINAL RESULT
Once you’re off prescription painkillers, the label of addict, pill-popper or junkie should no longer come your way.
Nor should the term drug seeker be applied to you if you go to the ER or even a standard doctor for an ailment unrelated to your past prescription drug use.
Ultimately, in the end, it’s good to not have to endure labels. Drug seeker is one of them, and like the word addict, you don’t have to endure either. You can instead do something about it, which we hope you will.
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