Masochists: Destruction from Opioid Addiction Abuse

Are you a masochist?    Do you like pain?  Opioid addiction abuse has no doubt become an epidemic of epic proportions. Two million Americans are addicted to opioids including those who have moved onto to heroin or even worse.  Fentanyl, Oxycontin, Percocet or Vicodin, which are ALL highly addictive are a sample but, we will discuss this more.
You’re probably not a masochist, as most normal people don’t like pain and have historically done something to remedy or mitigate those physical and or emotional painful feelings.
The most primitive cavemen, for example, would cut off a toe or a limb or pull out a tooth if they were in severe enough pain and if they were lucky they just might not die right away from infection.
Over the millennia and thanks to the miracles of modern science, it is arguably among reasonable people that cutting off a limb may in some cases be preferable to the damage and destruction done to oneself and those around them caused by prescription opioids.
It is hard to predict who will or will not become addicted to opiates.  Your risk of opioid addiction depends upon a number of factors not least of which are mental health, environment, genetics, trauma, etc.



Opiate is a term classically used in pharmacology to mean a drug derived from opium. Opioid, a more modern term, is used to designate all substances, both natural and synthetic, that bind to opioid receptors in the brain (including antagonists). Opiates are alkaloid compounds naturally found in the opium poppy plant Papaver somniferum.   The psychoactive compounds found in the opium plant include morphinecodeine, and thebaine. All opioids, like opiates, are considered drugs of high abuse potential and are listed on various “Substance-Control Schedules” under the Uniform Controlled Substances Act of the United States of America

Types Of Opiates:

  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Heroin
  • Opium

Opioids:  Synthetic Pain Medications by prescription only are synthetic or partly-synthetic drugs.  They are manufactured to work in a similar way to opiates. Their active ingredients are made via chemical synthesis. Opioids may act like opiates when taken for pain because they have similar molecules.

Types Of Opioids:

  • Methadone
  • Percocet, Percodan, OxyContin (oxycodone)
  • Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab (hydrocodone)
  • Demerol (pethidine)
  • Dilaudid (hydromorphone)
  • Duragesic (fentanyl)


No doubt there are folks out there suffering from either from postoperative pain, chronic pain or pain from injuries which absolutely need strong pain relief medication.

If your doctor prescribes something too powerful for either a minor injury or muscle ache you should probably get out of there as fast as you can.  And as a result, consider filing a complaint with the appropriate agency which monitors reckless prescription peddling.

Many people are unaware that it is common for doctors to receive kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies whose products they prescribe.  But, it does happen.

1.  First of all, before you begin taking any opioids, let any or all of your closest personal friends or family know that you are about to begin taking this prescription and to be cognizant of any behavioral changes you may experience.

2. Also, try Ibuprofen, 400 or 800 MG every 6 hours. It may not seem as sexy as Oxycontin, but it is absolutely worth a shot AND non-addictive

3.  Most of all, be very aware of increasing dosage and frequency of use as it will exponentially increase your risk of addiction.


1.  Acupuncture  – This method has been providing pain relief to human beings for centuries yet some people can’t get over the idea of being punctured with needles.  Personally, I have needle phobia but, I found it to be a miraculous source of pain relief.

2.  Meditation – no kidding. You will be surprised how much of your pain is in your mind and how much it can mediate the symptoms of addiction.  Meditation releases all thoughts, especially the ones that keep you thinking about your pain.  It’s easy to do and I’m going to save you a fortune on meditation books and classes and simplify it for you.

Create a 3 syllable mantra, any three syllables, preferably 3 syllables which may have some meaning for you and say them over and over in your mind with your eyes closed in a quiet space.  Then, when you become aware you are thinking about anything go back to your mantra and consciously clear your mind to only hear your mantra.

3. Aromatherapy and Rest – Research has proven that aromatherapy works.  When we feel good without drugs in our system, we begin to free ourselves from the bondage of addiction.

In conclusion, rest and listen to your body, “physician, heal thyself” and make yourself comfortable.   Take care of you because you’re in for a long ride!!

Don’t be a masochist and if all else fails with your opioid addiction, then contact Get Real Recovery and get a free assessment. Often times in-patient treatment is the only treatment that works for opioid addiction abuse. Visit us at and Get Real Recovery now!

Author:  Barry Diamond, Writer/Comedian/Actor


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