There are quite a few posts on here about addiction, dependancy and whether or not narcotics make us "high" or not. Now, as chronic pain patients, we don't take narcotics to get high, we take them to take the pain away. A lot of people say that the med, whatever it is, does not give them that "high" feeling. I take oxycodone with acetamenophen (5mg) when my pain gets to be too much to handle. That is, I don't take it every day, as I work and have to drive, but when I'm in a bad pain cycle that is lasting for a few days, I do take it at night once I get home. When I take it, I do feel it being released into my system, that is, I feel like a big wave is washing over my body, and then my pain starts to subside. Do I feel euphoric or happy? No, well happy that my pain is subsiding, but that's it. I always just assumed that was the feeling that people feel when they get "high". I just assumed that people who don't suffer from pain take narcotics to feel that "wave". Personally, I don't like the feeling of the wave, or the fogginess that narcotics leave me in, which is why I don't take them regularly. Does anyone else experience the wave? Is that really what people are after when looking to get high? Just curious, as I've never participated in recreational drug use (No, I never inhaled
) ) so I really don't know what it is to get "high" and figured that wave was it. And then figured, boy, those people who are taking it to get high must be really desperate...
APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own