Pain is subjective, and individual perception and response to pain vary greatly. Some people consider pain as almost an inevitable part of aging and live with it. They refuse to take anything “strong” like opioids even if there is promise of relief. Others want help to manage pain but are wary of becoming dependent on any medication.
If you ask anyone in recovery from mental illness or addiction, “What was the key to your recovery?” you will get a variety of answers. Some will name a trusted friend or loved one who stuck by them, others will point to medication or therapy, and many will endorse personal qualities such as a strong faith or determination.
Spring is here, but not everyone is feeling “spring fever” in the season of rebirth and renewal. Flowers are in bloom, birds are chirping, the sun is shining, the days are longer and people are more energetic and seemingly in a happier place. Spring awakens the senses. However, not everyone is feeling alive and refreshed.