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    Forgive yourself

    <p>Forgive yourself</p>
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    Notice what you are noticing

    <p>Notice what you are noticing</p>
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    Friends, I am thankful to be here now, with all of you, and your presence is a blessing in my life as the leaves change and the nights get cool. Enjoy

    <p>Friends, I am thankful to be here now, with all of you, and your presence is a blessing in my life as the leaves change and the nights get cool. Enjoy</p>
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    Rest when it's needed

    <p>Rest when it's needed</p>
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    I’m new here!

    Hi, my name is Tammylyn. I'm here because my therapist recommended this site. I need to learn after 54 years on this planet to truly like myself and be happy. I want to find ways to deal better with grief from losing loved ones from death and losing the children you once knew to unrecognizable people due to drug addiction

    #MightyTogether #BipolarDisorder #Grief #Migraine

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    Partner with oxycodone addiction

    Hi guys,
    I'm taking oxy for my chronic pain and unfortunately my husband has been stealing it from me and developed an addiction to it..he is getting help through his gp but does anyone know a support groups for friends and families of addicts. I'm doing all I can to help him and now have to keep my pills physically on me at all times which is really hard as is understanding the behaviour that causes him to put my health at risk as well as his own by taking my mess. I feel so alone right now 😞 pls help if you can
    Thank you

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    Kevin R James

    How Opioid Prescription Guidelines Can Harm Chronic Pain Patients

    In talking to many other chronic pain patients who are using legally prescribed opioids safely and responsibly, I have noticed many general practitioners (GPs) are not trained in chronic pain management. They may not know how to differentiate between the observable, destructive addiction behaviors displayed by people with substance abuse disorder and the requests of a chronic pain patient who requires a regular, stable dose of pain-relieving opioids. This issue is magnified many times over if a chronic pain patient has to explain their condition to a new doctor — or worse still is required to present to a hospital emergency department due to the acute flare-up of a chronic condition. On such occasions, the patient may need to outline their often complex symptoms to a doctor or nurse who does not know their history and who then may incorrectly assume the patient has addiction because they are requesting temporary or additional opioid treatment to get through an acute treatment phase. As a medically retired registered nurse, I understand that in this type of emergency environment, it is just not possible to know everything about the patient in such a short span of time when decisions must be made promptly. However, the terms “psychological addiction” and “physical dependence” cannot even be agreed upon by the world’s experts and international peak bodies, which doesn’t help. In my personal experience, having to go up to my GP every four weeks and ask for opioid pain relief brings anxiety from being able to continue on my normal dose in the long term. Furthermore, having to justify why I need my medications every four weeks can be rather stressful, especially when I get told, “You know, you have to taper off these medications one day!” Why, I ask? If a chronic pain patient is stable, their quality of life and mobility has improved, and the current pain medication they use as part of an overall pain management plan is beneficial, why do we need to change the protocol for all patients just because a minority of people? Reputable large-scale international studies indicate that the addiction risk in chronic pain patients who do not have a history of substance abuse disorder is far less than one percent. Perhaps people and the media need to be reminded and re-educated about legally prescribed opioid pain medications. Chronic pain patients never asked for their condition in the first place, and it is my opinion that the vast “silent majority” may manage to cope to the best of their ability by using all reasonable treatment options available to them within their “pain toolbox” — which may include pain medication. The illicit or recreational drug trade — especially synthetic Fentanyl, which is largely responsible for the high opioid overdose rates in America — is an entirely different law enforcement debate. However, there is increasing, undeniable evidence that many chronic pain patients who have been “forcibly tapered” or stopped “cold turkey” are turning to the black market to source their drug of choice for pain control. This is not an ideal outcome. It seems the American medical industry — specifically the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and their 2016 “Guideline for Prescribing Opioids” has turned their back on chronic pain patients and in many cases, no legal or viable options remain for this forgotten demographic. Surely we DO NOT want the same “one-size-fits-all” approach to health care — where pain relief is denied to vulnerable chronic pain patients — to come to our Australian shores.

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    A Birthday Party with a Side of Triggers

    I'm just done with the day. I have to go to my brother's step daughter's birthday party tomorrow. My brother is the only one I am close to at all in my family. I already didn't want to go. Just because it's a social thing and I don't particularly like that. Then today I find out that my mother and my sister are also going. This is already f'n strange because they never go to events of any kind. Don't even get me started with that!! But, for some whatever reason, (I'm sure to be nosy and then have some shit to go back and talk) they are going tomorrow. I can't take it. They are both HUGE triggers for me! I can' stand them. I can't even stand the thought of being around them. Let alone having to be civil and smile and be "respectful" to them. I immediately am filled with feelings of anger, anxiety, like just anxious, feel my temperature rising, heart getting faster, feel tears almost coming, want to get up and pace around the floor and punch something. I can't f'ing handle it!! And all I keep thinking is I need a f'ing drink!! In the past if this situation presented itself, that's what I would do. I would just have a drink or two before going and then drink more when I get there. Well, FUCK, now I can't!! And I am betting my brother and sis n law will more than likely be drinking also. Which normally...whatever, I would deal with it. But with my sis and mom being there, it's going to kill me!! I want to back out so bad! I just want to message him and tell him I can't come. He'll know why. But it will hurt him I'm sure.

    I text my husband and tell him and I'm like, why the f they gotta go? He is usually supportive. He just responds, well your brother probably invited them. I respond, well no shit! 🙄🤦‍♀️ His response was not what I wanted to hear and just pisses me off further.

    I tell myself, this is stupid and I need to get the f over it! Like really. WTF?!! Grow the F up!!!

    #Anxiety #Depression #triggers #Addiction #PTSD #SuicideSurvivor #Family #anger

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