In her recent blog “Freedom from chronic pain,” Wendy Margolese shares how a right understanding of God restores harmony and freed a woman from addiction to painkillers. Wendy’s blog was first published in NiagaraThisWeek.com on January 28, 2017
The Hippocratic oath taken by doctors avows to ‘first do no harm’. And many of them go way beyond that – taking great lengths to pursue ways for their patients to experience better health. But Canadian doctors are in a quandary. Recently, opioid prescriptions for chronic pain have led to unintended consequences – a national epidemic due to the addictive nature of prescription painkillers.
Scientists have long struggled to make sense of the human tendency toward addiction with the latest research seeking a source in genetics. Throughout the course of human history, addiction – in any form – is a false attraction to something that clouds the moral bedrock underlying life.
Yet, since the early 20th century, a number of programs have developed around the idea of helping dependent individuals gain a greater sense of inner self-worth. These programs encourage their members to reshape their thinking in order to discover – or rediscover – that moral bedrock, i.e. their relationship to the Divine, God. And, these programs have shown some success in helping addicts turn the tide on their struggle.
Here’s the story of one individual who found a way to spiritually transform her thinking and be free of her addiction.