This topic has been discussed many times since I have been on here and I can honestly say we will discuss it again. This is something that many people who use opiads will have to deal with in their own lives in their own way. Clinically, yes there is a difference. I live in a realm of dependence but I work in the realm of addiction. I face the issues every day. Experiencially for me there is a big difference but that is because I have been the addict. I work constantly with the addict. But I also know that by my experience and knowledge, not everyone will agree. Many will have to face the issue themselves and then make decisions that will effect their own lives. I don't want anyone else putting me in a catagory and I will not put others there. If someone thinks that I am an addict because I seek to function as a living person with a manageable amount of pain, then they are free to make their decision. The people that I hear on this site and who constantly give of themselves to help comfort and encourage others are certainly not the same as those I deal with that are looking for a fix at any cost.
This does not settle the issue because we all have to make that decision for ourselves. I have made the decision and for me I want to live and be normal but pain has taken away what I used to see as normal. Now life is defined by a different standard. If someone feels that they are an addict because they take a pill to relieve real pain, then they can make a decision that will effect them. We have the freedom to make decisions for ourselves and I am so glad. This is probably stronger than I intended but I hope it is received in love because that is the way it is intended. Blessings!
Drake, Thanks for posting and I look forward to seeing you around the site. This is the best place and sometimes the only place where we find the words that give us the strength to get through another day. I hope you will continue to join us and some days we give comfort and encouragement and some days we need it. We are here for both.