Drug manufacturers have for many years promoted opioid analgesics for pain relief. Although the term narcotics, in general use refers to drugs of various types, the term narcotics can also be used to refer only to those drugs of an opiate nature, that induce “narcosis” – a sleepy torpor, a comatose state.
The social cost of our over reliance upon opioid narcotics for just about every pain that we have, has been illicit addiction, ruined lives, and the despair of chronic drug dependence. Now, non narcotic pain relief is sought by many as an alternative.
Mainstream pain relief methods assume a need for a person to take some kind of drug to achieve pain relief. With opioids in disfavor, there is a move towards various non narcotic drugs. In fact, non narcotic pain relief can be obtained without use of any drugs. Given natural supportive therapies, people with the misfortune to have trauma leading to pain, can work with the body, without drug use, achieving adequate pain relief and a return to good health.
People are conditioned to place reliance on the mainstream healthcare system for the cure of illness and pain. A shift towards non narcotic drugs reflects a continued drug dependent mentality, one that feels safer with non narcotics. People mistakenly believe they will not become dependent or addicted, suffer bad side effects, and be in need of drug addict help, as has been the fate of many prescription narcotics users, if they use non narcotic drugs.
Non narcotic drugs used for pain relief include aspirin, acetaminophen, also known as paracetamol, non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) and many others.
As the Times magazine reported in 1965 there are many addictive non-narcotic drugs, such as tranquilizers, of which valium is a well known example, and barbiturates.
Non narcotic tranquilizers, used for pain relief and the “good” feelings they bring, have dangerous side effects, both alone and in combination with other substances. No different in principle to narcotics.
Non narcotic pain relief drugs are also attractive to criminals. Criminal activity enables the supply of illicit restricted drugs, in return for large profits, without regard for the people, in need of drug addict help.
The writing has been on the wall for drugs virtually since they were first widely promoted as a panacea for all ills, a remedy for our pain. Warning bells sound unheeded as people create the demand for drugs, and manufacturers and those who divert prescription drugs, continue to make huge profits.
Much of the demand for drugs is people wanting an easy way out of conflicting and confronting pressures that modern life presents. The demand for drugs exists at a personal, and community level. Drugs enable us to resolve a compulsive need to escape emotional and physical pain – drugs are readily available, and so people tend to use them. When pain is seen as a problem, and not a symptom of duress, people will use addictive drugs, and end up in need of drug addict help.
Drugs can be both physically, and psychologically addictive. To achieve pain relief that is healthy, with no tolerance issues, or harmful side effects, we need to address the root causes of our pain, and support endogenous relief to resolve painful physical and emotional trauma.
Addiction is not a disease, it is the inevitable result of using allopathic drugs, both non narcotic and narcotic to relieve pain in its various forms, that we suffer from. Non narcotic options for pain relief should mean no use of drugs. However, getting drugs out of this arena continues to be like trying to turn back the tide with a teaspoon.