Of course, surgery is a big deal. However, I believe, your mental state and power can be very powerful in your healing process after surgery. If you are prescribed medication, as per a licensed doctor, you should only take it if you are in major need of it. If you do have an addictive personality, I would give your prescription bottle to your parents to hold onto to dispense the medication when you are only in need.

As far as personal experience, I have a big fear of addiction which is why when I had my surgery on my nose, I told the doctor not to even give me the medication because I don’t want to be near it, or I don’t want anyone I love to be near it. If I ever had any of those pills, I would flush them down the toilet. I won’t even take cough medicine because I know there are people who get highly addicted to that. My mindset, don’t start, because then you will never have to stop. Be positive, your mind is actually stronger than you think; it can heal you through the way! If you look at studies, there are plenty of times when people receive the placebo pill and act as if they feel better when really it’s just mental, because they only were taking a sugar pill. I like to read studies like that because it ensures me that your mind is powerful and can heal anything.

Key Points:

  • 1Opioid pain killers should only be taken if the pain is extremely severe.
  • 2Make sure you identify the difference between actual pain and general after-surgey soreness.
  • 3Ask your doctor to limit the amount of opioids prescribed to you.

More than 2 million Americans abuse opioids, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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One thought on “How to Avoid Opioid Addiction After Surgery

  1. James

    I have sever pain from time to time in my leg the only pain relief I get is from the OxyCodone that is prescribed for me. I only take the meds if the pain level reaches around 8 then I take the meds I will only allow myself to take 2-3 pills because if I am not able to get pain relief by then I know I won’t catch up to the pain. I know I just need to elevate and ice until the pain goes away. The non narcotic pain relievers cause me to have suicidal thoughts therefore I don’t get those prescribed to me.

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