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Painman, please stop beating yourself up!! I am a recovering junkie, been sober 15years. I must take pain meds to keep from going insane with pain. There are those in AA or NA who say I am not sober or clean, but let them walk a mile in my shoes and see what they would do. I consider myself clean because sobriety is a state of mind not of physical being. Please believe me when I say this. I have grappled with this too. But just because I am a junkie does not mean I have to suffer physical pain! I am not taking these pills for fun or a high. I seriously doubt I will ever be cured of my pain. The longer it goes on the higher my tolerance for medication goes up. This is especially true for us junkies. The meds I take would knock the normal person out. But me, it is what makes able to function. When I get up in the morning and feel like I have been run over by a truck in my sleep, I know I have to get relief. Take it easy on yourself. My GP doc treats me like a drug seeking junkie because I told him I was a recovering addict so I do not waste my time with him anymore. He would rather see me suffer. What kind of doctor is that? He is ignorant. Please Please Please stop beating yourself up! I totally get where you are coming from.

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