chronic pain

In 1989, Jeffrey G. Gorin was in a devastating car accident. He was critically injured in his upper spine and neck. While surgery was successful, he was diagnosed with permanent nerve damage resulting in chronic pain. He became addicted to pain medications and muscle relaxants and his life rapidly became unmanageable. He eventually entered treatment and is in recovery today, both from his pain pill addiction and his chronic pain. Jeffrey Gorin is the Executive Director of Sunrise Detox.

Accidents can cause chronic pain

Addiction & Chronic Pain
BY JEFFREY G. GORIN, MS, CAP, NCAC

So You Have Been Diagnosed With Chronic Pain:

An accident, a fall, degenerative disk disease, migraine headaches, arthritis, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), neuralgia, sciatica, fibromyalgia, back pain, neck pain... it doesn't matter... what matters is that you have been told by your doctor that the pain you are experiencing is chronic and that you will "have to learn to live with it." Some of us have surgery, some try physical therapy, some enter pain management programs, some learn biofeedback, and some learn relaxation techniques. We seek help from specialists such as orthopedic surgeons, neurologists and neurosurgeons. We seek psychiatric and psychological help. We try alternatives such as acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments. We are given a barrage of medical tests, which may identify the problem, but nothing can be done to "fix" the problem.

The fact is that over 80 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. It is estimated that Americans lose one billion work days per year due to pain conditions, one-third of which is lower back pain. As an example of the financial burden of such conditions in the United States, it has been noted that low back pain alone costs at least 16 billion dollars per year.

Chronic pain devastates our lives and everyone around us. We have been complaining about our pain for so long that people around us begin to doubt that such pain really exists. We lose careers, incomes, self-esteem, happiness, families and friends. We suffer from depression and anxiety. We feel hopeless, angry, frustrated, sad, disgusted, useless, guilty, and abandoned by God. Some of us have thoughts of suicide and self-harm. Below are some of the things we go through on a day to day basis:

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Anger

Denial

Self-pity

Depression

Fear

Anxiety

Isolation

Loss of sex drive and sexual intimacy

Sleeplessness

Before addiction takes over

Tolerance

And then it begins

The vicious cycle

The cycle continues

Unmanageability begins

Treating addiction and chronic pain

Detoxification

Denial

Sharing the pain

The Twelve Steps

Long-term treatment

Managing the pain

Support groups

The dawn of a new day

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About the author
In 1989, Jeffrey G. Gorin was in a devastating car accident. He was critically injured in his upper spine and neck. While surgery was successful, he was diagnosed with permanent nerve damage resulting in chronic pain. He became addicted to pain medications and muscle relaxants and his life rapidly became unmanageable. He eventually entered treatment and is in recovery today, both from his addiction and his chronic pain. He is currently on staff at Hanley-Hazelden at St. Mary's in West Palm Beach, Florida as an addictions and chronic pain counselor.

Author's note
If you are about to read this pamphlet, chances are good you are as miserable, fearful and skeptical as I was. Please give the recommendations in this pamphlet a chance! I was fully disabled for four years and it was the mood-altering chemicals that were keeping me stuck. I was ready to give up, but decided on one last attempt - the treatment of my chemical dependency. My life has changed because I had the courage to face my fears. Today, I still live in chronic pain, but it does not affect the quality lifestyle I have been fortunate to receive. If you are in treatment, you still have some tough times ahead of you, but it should get better each day. Hang in there - you deserve the rewards you are about to receive!


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