Introducing myself

Hello, I am new and I would like to know more about this forum and also I would like to make new friends :) thank you for your welcome

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  • Hello, @Raphaelah95! Welcome to the community!

    This is a forum for people who are in recovery, people seeking help with an addiction, and people seeking help for a loved one.

    How has addiction affected you? We'd love to hear your story.
  • @Raphaelah95 hello there! Welcome to The Forum. I do hope that you'll come back and share with us a little bit about yourself. This is a safe place to ask questions and get any support that you need. There's a great group of people here who will be rooting for you.

    Take some time to read around and comment as you wish.
  • Hello everybody!!! :)
  • @Vuary25 well hello to you! i'm so glad you are here! would love to know a bit about you if you don't mind sharing... we are a great group of people journeying this thing called life together...

    welcome aboard!
  • Hello again, @Vuary25. When you have a chance, tell us a little more about yourself.
  • bonjour tout le monde,passez une bonne journée.
  • hello everyone, have a good day.
  • @Vuary25 hey there! thank you. i hope you have a great day too.
  • @Vuary25 doing great! how are you? what's new in your world?
  • Hello everyone how are you today?
  • Hello everyone, I hope everything is fine, for what you want to speak I am free
  • @Vuary25 hi there. hope you had a great weekend!
  • Hi again, @Vuary25... Will you tell us a little bit more about yourself? Have you been affected by addiction, either directly or indirectly? We'd love to know more about you. :)
  • Hi DeanD,yes i'm affected directly by addiction , but i have no solution., Happy Valentine's Day to everyone
  • How are you doing today?
  • Hello everyone, how was Valentine's Day for you?
  • @Vuvu7 just another day for me... lol i don't really celebrate it... i tend to celebrate love a lot through out the year :) hope you are doing well. would love to learn more about you.... would you mind sharing?
  • Hi everyone, how are you? I'm fine anyway.@dominica we are the same then lol Have a good day
  • Good evening everyone,

    I've been struggling with codeine addiction for around 14 years now and have had enough. Partly fuelled by the new over the counter codeine laws in Australia but mostly because I'm tired of this life I began tapering gradually early January and am finally free of the beast. I am incredibly proud but don't feel I can share as noone knew of my addiction...noone. It began many years ago after a back injury resulting in surgeries that weren't terribly successful. For the last two years I've been in significant pain with severe arthritis needing a knee replacement. It concerns me somewhat that when I have my knee replacement that opiods will be offered as pain relief. I have no idea how to handle it.

    I feel so much better in so many ways but at the same time am really struggling with pain relief for my knee. I'd really appreciate any advice anyone could offer.

    Many thanks for the opportunity to tell my story.
  • @RubyLou hello and welcome! thank you for sharing.

    congrats on beating the monster!! so very proud of you!! by letting us know here, you are inspiring hundreds that come here to read posts.... so thank you for that testimony! feel free to share your story (longer version) here:

    https://www.recovery.org/stories/

    If it were me, when I was going to have surgery, I'd be honest with the dr. I'd tell him I was a recovering addict (no need to feel scared or ashamed)... and ask for a non-narcotic pain med. That would be me though, as I would not want the opiate in my system... but if I had to, I'd find someone to be accountable to. An addiction specialist, NA, or someone . The mind may try to play tricks in such cases, whispering how it would be no big deal, and so on. I'd want to be able to navigate that period of time with someone I would be honest with.

    HOpe that helps!

    Again, congrats!
  • @RubyLou... Welcome to the community! I'm so glad you found us and joined us from Down Under!

    I understand the concerns you have regarding pain relief after your surgery. By all means, discuss your concerns with your doctor. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being 100 percent honest about your past and any worries you may have about pain meds. This is a very real concern for many, many people these days and doctors will be happy to discuss it with you.

    I'm proud of you for being free from your codeine addiction. It's so wonderful that you took that step to make your life better. Feel free to come here and talk about your situation anytime. We are a safe place for you to share, and we will always listen without judgment.

    Sending you lots of positive, healing vibes. And big hugs, too.
  • Hello everyone, how are you? Have you had a good weekend?
  • @Vuvu7 hi there. yes, great weekend. i hope you did too!
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