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Addicted to narcotics

How to feel normal after narcotics

Narcotics can change your life in unexpected ways. Whether you are using narcotics with a prescription or without, how can you move beyond addiction? How do people become addicted?  Also, what scientific suggestions can really help improve your life? We review here and invite your questions about being addicted to narcotics at the end.

Was There Life Before Narcotics?

“Mo-ommm, can you fix me something to eat?” I remember yelling those words frequently as a child.

“Mo-ommm, can you find me somebody to play with?” — also a frequent request, as I was an only child.

“Mo-ommm, can you get me my pills?”

I never remember asking that question. Why? It was never a need or desire.  Other than the normal needs of a child, I was pretty content. I’m sure my mom wanted to change her name a few times though.

So What Happened?

Grand-mal seizures. Broken Bones. Surgery. Addiction. The normal, God-given brain I was born with had become altered.

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Addiction to narcotics physically changes the brain in two ways—for a more complete explanation you may refer to this article: “Are opiates addictive?”

  • First, the number of pain receptors multiplies and the need for narcotics multiplies with them. The pain that was once controlled by one pill may now take two or three…or twelve.
  • Second, when we take narcotics, our brain stops making endorphins, our natural pain reliever.

In the midst of addiction, it’s impossible to see life without pills. Your brain is so chemically altered you can’t see how survival is possible without them.  Indeed, brain circuits change with drug use.  Any thought process you may have is under the shadow of that almighty pill.  “How was I ever normal without them?” was often my thought.

Can I Ever Be Normal Again?

Absolutely. But not without some hard work. Anything worthwhile requires hard work. You may have to climb the Empire State Building, but you only have to do it one step at a time.

“It’s not rocket science,” my doctor said. It comforted me to know that overcoming addiction was possible, although withdrawal headaches often felt like a rocket shooting right through my brain.

What steps can I take to feel normal without narcotics?

Physically, the brain needs to slowly return to normal. It does take some time, and I highly recommend seeing a physician who can prescribe Suboxone to help through this brain healing time. But there are scientifically proven activities you can do on your own to help those natural endorphins begin production again. I’ve provided a link to more information I’ve researched on each of the following points:

1. Get outside and get some sunshine. Bright colors like yellow reflect more light and stimulate the eyes, therefore giving a boost to the “happy” chemicals in the brain. And it just so happens that God made the sun yellow.  Choosing to See Truth

2. Interact with others. Acts of kindness to others has an amazing effect on the chemicals in your brain, and it makes someone else happy in the process.

3. Give or receive positive touch.  Giving somebody a needed hug will boost your endorphins…and theirs too! “The Power of Touch

4. Look into music therapy.  Listen to uplifting music at home and in your car. When I’m doing dreaded housework, music never fails to boost my mood and energy.

5. Surround yourself with good scents. Studies have shown a strong correlation between what you smell and how you feel. “When Life Gives You Lemons, Sniff Them

6. Get moving. Nothing works to increase those endorphin levels like cardiovascular exercise. You may have heard of the runner’s high. It’s the real deal. When I first start a run (before my muscles begin screaming at me), I can actually feel those endorphins kicking in—like I’ve taken a narcotic. It’s that strong. Running is a fantastic exercise for your heart and your brain, but if it’s new to you, take it slow and find a good program to get you started.

Have you noticed that all of these suggestions involve the senses God gave us? Smell, touch, sight, hearing…the only one I didn’t cover was taste. Comfort food plays a roll in the brain as well, but replacing a drug addiction with a food addiction or any other addiction will not give you the results you desire.

Here’s the point: God created your brain perfectly—in His image. If you believe in a God that created the universe, believe He can heal you as well. You must remember, though, that God is always teaching and shaping us into who He wants us to be. God delivered me from addiction, but it took seven years. It didn’t take God seven years; it took me seven years to learn what he was trying to teach me.

When I finally got it, my brain was restored. Pills are no longer first on my mind when I wake in the morning. I intentionally engage the senses God gave me to keep my brain receiving all that He created for me.  Seek God with your whole heart; use the resources God gave you. Thank Him every step of the way, and you can be restored too.

“Mo-ommm, can you babysit this weekend?” She still probably wants to change her name.

Now that I have kids, I can relate.

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5 Responses to “Addicted to narcotics
Elizabeth B. Meaders
10:24 pm February 20th, 2013

I found this to be very interesting and understandable! If someone wants to be addiction free, here’s the way, or to help someone else become addiction free. Well written!

Jeff Davis
3:53 pm February 21st, 2013

Great word. After overcoming addiction you’re better than normal because now you’re empowered to help people do the same thing God helped you overcome. To speak into people’s lives they must first know that we care about them but then they also must know that we can relate to them in their struggles!

Terry Garrett
5:31 pm April 29th, 2013

I graduated from film school with a dream of becoming a filmmaker but my dream was detoured by an unexpected drug addiction threee years later.

God supernaturally delivered me seven years ago and I have my dream back and I want to encourage others to know that it is not to late for God to make your dreams come to fruition.

Thank You
Terry Garrett

Robbyn
4:39 am April 8th, 2014

Hello, I am a mother of 3 who has been struggling with narcotic pain pill addiction for about 8 years. I grew up in a Christian home, but became pregnant at age 18. I married my 18 yr. old husband whom I loved very much, but who was not saved and grew up with a dad who physically abused his mom for years. My husband grew up with a christian mother who, despite all of her problems, took him and his sister to church every Sunday until he decided he would rather sleep in aroung age 11 or so. Still to this day I can say I have never known the depth and complete tenderness of the love he has for me and our family. I knew at age 17 that I was his only reason for living, he had no relationship with God, therefore, I was his everything. I am happy to say that we are still married today with a beautiful family. Our family has been through so much. We were going through one of our many hard times when he had surgery and was introduced to pain med. At first, I thought they were an answer to my prayers. With pills, I could more easily forget our worries, the fighting, our money problems, it all seemed to go away. You know the rest, the countless trys to quit, the shame in buying them when the Dr. no longer belived my stories, watching yourself change into someone you hated, choosing to get high instead of dealing with my kids, looking back at years of damage I could have stopped, He got saved 2 years ago, and all the years I sat in church alone with 3 kids and prayed for him is finally over. The only problem is that with my shameful drug addiction, I feel unworthy and completely out of place at church. Now I find myself in a deep depression. I don’t leave my house hardly ever, I don’t even remember what it is like to feel happy and at peace with God. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am saved, I have complete faith that He could heal me. The problem is that in the past weeks, I have surrendered to Him completley, felt His light on my face, felt my sins being washed away, and go to bed crying uncontrollably with prayers of thanksgiving only to wake up and face the sin head on again. I fall back into 7t every time. Now, I feel completly hopeless, I can’t trust myself if my life depended on it. I feel ashamed to pray again, I feel fear like I have never known. Am I posessed? What has happened to me? Sometimes I think it would be better for my family to morn my death, visit my grave, and get on with life instead of watching their mother sleep her life away and wonder why this is happening to them. I know what it is to live in God’s will, I know what it is to hear Him call your name, I miss Him every day. I don’t know what to do.

10:45 am April 9th, 2014

Hello Robbyn. Have you tried Celebrate Recovery? How about a program like Narcotics Anonymous? A support group can help you work through these issues and you do not have to do it on your onw!

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About Celeste Vaughan

Celeste Vaughan is the author of Celestial Prescriptions. She graduated from the USC College of Pharmacy and settled comfortably into her life as a pharmacist, wife, and mom of three children. After 14 years working as a pharmacist, Celeste found herself on the other side of the counter and suffered for 7 years with seizures, depression and prescription drug addiction. On September 25, 2010 God intervened in her life and changed her forever.

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