Wednesday, January 11, 2012
An Addictive Romance With Prescription Drugs - Combat it With Bodybuilding Supplements
I had a friend who had back surgery several years ago and was put on the prescription pain medication Oxycodone. Obviously this helped with the pain, but years later he found himself addicted to the drug and the amount he was taking wasn't enough anymore, so he continuously upped the dose. This reminded me of a line in the Guns and Roses song Mr. Brownstone from their Appetite for Destruction album, 'I used to do a little but a little wasn't doing so the little got more and more.' Well, the doctor tried to put him on another pill to get him off of the one, but that pill is known to be addictive as well. The bottom line is that it's easy for some people to get addicted to substances. And prescription drugs have become a wide-spread problem. Most of us know someone (or we have one) with an addictive personality. It may even be safe to say that we all have some sort of tendencies to particular substances or habits, whether good or bad. And that's the point of this topic especially concerning prescription substance abuse being a huge problem in our country. A very select few can quit bad habits cold turkey while others go through major withdrawals. For the majority, both our body and mind becomes dependent. This is why I think it's detrimental to not just give up a bad habit, but replace it with something. It's almost as if you need to trick your body and mind. But often times it's an actual substance that you need to replace it with. Now I'm starting to sound like a true addict, but follow me here. My friend also wants to get in shape and become stronger. Passion for an interest, hobby, or career change may work for some, but again, that may not work for most. They need an actual replacement. If you've ever dealt with this type of addiction or have been close to someone who has, then you know this first hand. So what I recommended to him were a few bodybuilding and performance enhancing supplements. I won't get deep into this, but most pharmaceutical companies hate over-the-counter supplements that enhance your performance, health, and help build muscle and strength. Why; because they lose money. Why else would a doctor prescribe another pill that's known to be addictive to get off the one that you're currently addicted too? The truth is there are numerous supplements that will benefit your health as well as boost your strength and grant you energy. Many of these supplements are also known to prevent diseases and promote overall good health. Back to the addiction side, if you're used to popping a pill for pain or just to get through the day, then you may want to pop a different type of pill. Get addicted to something that is healthy and is going to help you build strength and give you energy rather than destroy your system and drag you down. Here's one thing I know about addiction, as well as any of you who suffer from it; it doesn't go away. All you do is replace one with another. We don't really have control over the addictive person inside of us, but we can create an atmosphere for ourselves to where we are replacing bad substances with ones that will benefit us.