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Can I go to NA to find out if I have an addiction?

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Asked: 2019-01-14 23:33:35
I was in the military and went to Afghanistan where I got a leg injury. Pain pills are as available in the military as ibuprofen! But now that I'm on disability and no longer active I still have pain in my leg and I'm having the hardest time getting the doctor to prescribe more than they minuscule dose that he thinks will help. Is it because I'm addicted? I've been going to na meetings to find out but it seems that people at those meetings have much worse problems with addiction than I do. What should I do?


Answered: 2019-01-29 02:46:58

If you're finding that attending NA meetings are beneficial for your psychological health, you should definitely keep going. You know you probably have an addiction if your life revolves around your next fix, if you're always thinking about it and/or you've tried to stop and you can't.


Answered: 2019-01-30 20:50:08

I would have to agree with Tricia on this one. If you are finding that the NA meetings you are attending are helping you psychologically, then stick to it. But consider this if you do not mind me suggesting, talk to your pain management doctor about the pain you are still experiencing. There are pain management plans that may not involve heavy narcotic. If you express concern about becoming addicted to opioids your doctor will explore other options for you. One thing that is worth mentioning Daryl, because you are so concerned about becoming addicted to your pain medication your mindfulness could help prevent what you are worried about. You are being responsible with your medication and by talking to your doctor about these concerns you are demonstrating accountability. Please Daryl talk to your doctor about your concerns.


Answered: 2019-02-16 00:23:07

NA meetings are just one component of a comprehensive treatment plan for addiction. The purpose of NA isn't to diagnose addiction but to support recovery. Talk to your doctor if you think you have an addiction. If you do have one, you need to work with an addiction specialist to create a custom-made program for you and your circumstances. This can include a professionally supervised detox, individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, anger management, life skills training, an aftercare plan and more. Think of it this way: if you're obese and trying to reduce your weight, a healthy weight loss program for you may include a strict diet of healthy foods, portion control, therapy, plenty of exercise and sleep and support group meetings to keep you accountable until you can maintain your weight on your own without extra support. Going to support meetings may help you to lose weight, but those meetings alone are not likely to help you with your lifelong lifestyle change. If you think you might be addicted to opioids, I think it's important for you to talk to someone who can diagnose and treat it before your life gets out of your control. Good luck Daryl and thank you for your service.

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