“That which we resist, persists”- Carl Jung
I don’t know about you, but as an RN for more than 30 years, I am disappointed with the constant fighting and blaming that rages today in response to the “opioid addiction” crisis. Everyone is upset (doctors, patients, health care providers, CDC, FDA, Big Pharma, etc…) and pointing fingers at another group; all frightened that things are going to change and impact their access to meds and/or money. Instead of jumping into the fray and continuing to fuel this fire, I am offering a fresh perspective… one I hope you will consider since I am NOT being driven by meds or money, but by my passion for healthier solutions!Following Jung’s advice, we must stop fighting pain (and one another) and start listening to our bodies’ messages again. How do we do this within the current system? It is obvious that we need a tool to monitor our patient’s level of comfort as we medicate them and guide them toward deep healing and an improved Quality of Life. Yet, is it wise to keep using the system that has NOT helped to improve overall levels of pain in the USA over the last 20 years? The CDC reports, “The amount of opioids prescribed and sold in the US quadrupled since 1999, but the overall amount of pain reported by Americans hasn’t changed.” Obviously, more pills are not the solution...
"Problems cannot be solved with the same mindset that created them.” -Albert Einstein
In this respect I agree, in part with Dr. Rajput in his 3/19/18 post on KevinMD.com where he suggests that the pain scale is to blame for the opioid crisis. However, it goes much deeper; we must get at the root causes of the “pain”-to the hidden body, mind and spirit issues.It is time to release the old pathogenesis pain scale for a more optimistically authentic guide; one which envisions potential success- COMFORT as the 10. Comfort Quest builds on the familiar (0-10 scale), yet embraces positive psychology, neuroplasticity and quantum healing along the way (10 being what we desire: Comfort- joyful face). Instead of triggering negative neurochemicals of fear which are released with the “10- worst pain ever” question… we secrete more positive feelings of joy/ love when we envision “10- peak experience; best feelings ever”.Science agrees that our bodies can be primed for Comfort instead of Pain! As such, Comfort must be supported. Once a number is chosen, the next question is, “What might help YOU feel better and flourish?” This simple question opens our subconscious to identify a body, mind or spirit issue which may long have been buried.Yes, this is a complex issue; one not easily fixed with a prescription, pill or payments. As a start, I hope we can agree that the current PAIN focus is part of the problem, yet we cannot throw out the baby with the bath water. Let’s begin to chart a new present & future by changing our perspective, reframing our desired outcome, and supporting our bodies' innate healing capacity as we regain well-being and balance in our lives.
"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." -Wayne Dyer