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It's been a while since I made remarks, here. Today I have quite a powerful statement to make regarding an article featured below: "Coping with Adversity Beats the Alternative."
I've spoken about that in public appearances. It means that people can choose to forthrightly admit their problems and practice sensible ways to minimize or to end them.
The alternative to doing so? Drowning your sorrows in counterproductive behaviors that bring on more problems: Gambling, substance abuse, wasting time and opportunities, etc. You and I could spend the day listing more alternatives to coping efforts. But let's do something sensible, instead: Think clearly about the issues involved.
Here's what prompted my blogpost today:
I disagree with the writer's conclusion, "WHAT is really needed is a sea change within the medical profession itself. We should be educating and training our medical students and residents about the risks and limited benefits of opioids in treating pain. All medical professional organizations should back mandated education about safe opioid treatment as a prerequisite for licensure and prescribing."
Society at large ALSO needs to re-evaluate its ability to deal with discomfort, not only the medical establishment. Medicating your life away so that you need not confront your fears, limitations, aches and other disappointments is immature, a failure to use the executive thinking skills GOD gave you. Exercise your tolerance for inner and outer pain. Hiding it under an onslaught of drugs is not a problem-solver. And NO, I do not advocate letting people in astonishing physical or emotional anguish linger in it. I'm addressing the everyday issues of life, not the exceptional problems that indeed require pain-killers (e.g., post-surgical pain, clinical mental health issues).
Want some solutions to inner and outer pain?
Find several in the doctor-recommended E-book or print edition of EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge.
I have lived the tale and proven to many people that once a person decides to face their pain, they need not become addicted to anything.
Face Your Medical Problems with Dignity. Face Your Future with Optimism.
Fill your mind and heart with pro-health choices.