Chronic pain need not be a life sentence, by Wendy Margolese

Millions of people in Canada and the United States suffer from chronic pain and as a result many have become addicted to pain killers (opioids). Wendy Margolese, a colleague, and a blogger who writes about the relationship between thought, spirituality and health, approaches this growing epidemic from a spiritual view point. She shares a personal experience on how turning to God opened thought to a paradigm shift that resulted in a complete healing of addiction.  Check out Wendy’s inspiring article of hope!

Chronic Pain not a life sentenceAccording to a recent Globe and Mail report, Canadians now have the dubious honour of being the world’s biggest users of narcotic painkillers per capita!

Chronic pain has become the most common reason that people see doctors. And, over the past decade, opioids have been the drug of choice. But this course of treatment has come with the undesired side effect of addiction, which has led to a growing health crisis of opioid overdose deaths.

No one wants a lifetime of chronic pain. And it’s unlikely that many intend to become an opioid addict, even when a strong painkiller seemed to be a good choice at the time.

My friend, Ray, found a solution to pain and addiction through a purely spiritual approach. He had enjoyed more than four decades of good health when he was rushed to the hospital in sudden need of emergency surgery. Taking medication had never been part of his health regimen; however, he felt that the intentions of the compassionate medical personnel were sincere when it was strongly suggested, upon his discharge, that he continue with the prescription painkillers to enable his complete recovery. This was the beginning of his addiction.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org