Personal Essay: The Worst News Of My Life
Chronic pain has a profound effect on anyone’s life. Pain causes sleep disturbances and, when chronic, often triggers symptoms of depression. Opioid and opiate medications are the most readily prescribed drugs to treat chronic pain (Chronic Pain and Pain Disorder - Recovery Connection, 2016).
My mother lived with chronic pain and the only source of comfort she seemed to receive was from opioids and opiates. I can’t go back and change how she lived her life, but I can choose to not let my own chronic pain lead me to prescription drug abuse. I have found other ways to cope with my chronic pain, and I know others could benefit from them too, and it might just reduce the number of overdoses and