Addiction, withdrawal and achievements. Addiction to substances like opioids can be life-consuming. Quitting can be one of life’s most difficult challenges for those with chronic pain and illness. Physicians don’t always explain the stages of withdrawal or prepare patients for what the patients will go through or the help which is available to minimize symptoms.
We have intentionally shared the raw messages as typed and without grammatical edits as the deficits caused by withdrawal include clarity, emotion, and suicidal ideation. We hope by sharing experiences we will be able to help others facing these obstacles.