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.
Living with active addiction creates extraordinary relationship challenges and does considerable damage to significant relationships, with partners, parents, children, other family members, and close friends. When you enter recovery, it’s natural to want to repair this damage as soon as possible, and your impulse might be to try to do just that.
Mental health conditions plague more people than one can even think of. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression, a major mental health condition, was the fourth most significant health problem in developed countries in 1990s.