Difference Between Pain And Addiction

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What separates pain and addiction? By very definition they are worlds apart, addiction being the fact or condition of being addicted to a substance, thing, or activity. Where pain is the physical or emotional suffering or discomfort caused by an illness or injury. Although the definition separates the two words they are often portrayed to mean the same thing. They often resemble trauma; a deeply disturbing or distressing experience. A trauma leads to unfulfillable pain, this pain will be covered up by addiction. In the video “What is addiction?” by Dr. Gabor Mate he claims that substance abuse is linked to pain. That substance abuse is made from pain and will leave only pain behind (2014). Addiction can take many forms, all of which can cause…show more content…
Trauma is something that either an individual has witnessed or experienced that changed the way they perceive life. As suggested by Giordano, trauma can create lasting psychological symptoms for the individual (2016, pg 56, Addressing trauma in substance abuse treatment). That experience has burned its way into the users mind to never be forgotten, set on an endless replay. Trauma comes from and leads to pain, as referred to by Dr. Gabor Mate (2014). Pain leaves a hole in a person that eats away at them and makes it bigger until it eventually consumes you. No one wants to feel pain of any kind, whether it be emotional or physical. In a study of 121 outpatients of a substance abuse treatment facility conducted by Giordano, Amanda L., et al in 2016, “The results of [the] study…show more content…
Substance abuse is the most popular addiction with 25-40% of children who were exposed to some form of childhood trauma (Lopez-Patton, Maria et al., 2016, pg1). Illicit substances as well as prescription drugs give the user a high that makes them feel numb, they feel as though they could escape from their pain. This temporary relief from the trauma they suffered will persuade the user to continue to go back and use the substance as much as they can. These people are referred to as addicts. They are perceived as individuals who get high and generally have no future, they are perceived as the scum of the earth. Associated with unprotected sex and other high-risk behaviors that facilitate HIV infection (Lopez-Patton, Maria et al., 2016, pg1). Even though most the population believes that addiction is a choice, it isn’t. Addiction is a compulsion, it must be done, in the addict’s mind they want the pain and trauma to go away, for the sweet release so to speak. In an average person’s mind METH, heroin, even cocaine is a sign that a person has given up on life, that they have nothing left to live for. They haven’t given up on life, that is a sign that they desperately need help, they are calling out for help because they can no longer handle the pain from their
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