No one likes being waylaid by any sort of injury. Sobriety can make an injury a little more challenging to deal with, both on an emotional and physical level. Most of us used to deal with any kind of pain by pouring some alcohol on it, or taking whatever else we could get to make it go away. Those days are over now, because recovery teaches us to cope with pain differently.
Not only do you have to cope with it differently, but you have to think of pain in a new light. Sure, some injuries require medication that we have to be on high guard with, but others can be dealt with in a way that you are not used to. One of the most important things you can do for your recovery, is to let all of your healthcare providers know you are in recovery. As much as you may dislike this idea, it is essential.
We can find ourselves with a new pain medication prescription in hand for everything from dental work or catching bronchitis to breaking bones and surgery. Whether you are injured or not, you always have to keep your sobriety as your top priority. This means that you need to honestly evaluate what you are going through. For instance, do you really need to drink codeine cough syrup for your cough, or can you take cough drops or non-alcoholic cough syrup that isn’t loaded with narcotics? Maybe you strained your back in the gym; ask yourself if taking a narcotic painkiller is worth it, when more than likely, the pain can be managed with temperature therapy, rest, and ibuprofen.
There are instances where taking a narcotic is necessary. You may have to have a surgery that requires general anesthesia. Coming out of it, you will more than likely be prescribed narcotic pain medication.
Put Sobriety First
If possible, before you have any procedure, have a game plan in place. Include your sponsor, a sober friend, or family members who don’t have a substance abuse problem, and make a plan on handling your medication to ensure you are taking it as prescribed. Only take it when you absolutely need it, and get off as soon as possible. Keep your sobriety first, because pain is temporary and relapse could kill you.
If you are struggling with addiction, we can help. Call The Lakehouse Recovery Center and get on the right path to recovery. We will help you transition into sobriety safely while keeping you as comfortable as possible. You can do this. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (877) 762-3707. You can change, and you can recover. Call today.