My doctor prescribed me opioids without discussing the risks
Health care providers often do not discuss the addictive qualities of opioids or inform patients of alternative treatment options.
Agony. A fall on ice. Nearly paralyzed. Pills prescribed for pain.
Growing up I mostly kept it together, finding relief from pain and depression through rough sports, acting out, the bottle and occasional other substances. But I fell head over heels when given opioids. Once a collegiate athlete, I became a prisoner in my home and mind, unable to leave either without them.
I tried for years to literally get my feet back under me, but only the needle brought comfort. Trauma-turned-PTSD, mixed with a life-altering injury, met severe substance use disorder. I found out the hard way: Trauma isn’t just what happens to you, it’s what happens in you.
“They don’t tell you they [opioids] also treat mental, emotional and spiritual suffering.”