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  • Erik Frederickson - Life Coach and Recovery Coach

Defeating the Morphine Molecule

Updated: Mar 30, 2019

Imagine your body as a fortress. God has given you the needed defense system and fluid and congruent structure to manage your own castle, but unexpectedly there is a breach in your structure.


This breach is the annoyance and sharp reality of pain. This invasion gets our immediate attention and focus shifts from eyes up on a clear vision, to eyes down and how do I eradicate this intruder.


I don’t know about you but if I was the King of a castle and a breach had taken place, would it be smart to repair the breach with a piece of cardboard, unarmed civilian, or simply pretending its not there? That would be putting the entire internal society at risk, leaving the structure that I am responsible to keep healthy and safe suspect to constant attack.


The trap millions of people are falling into is that we think we should never experience pain of any kind. I’ll be the first to say that I have a low pain threshold, but putting a bandaid on the pain gives it a place to take root. Pain is a built-in GPS that leads us to the root of the issue, so we can remove this invader from our own personal fortress.


The pain is meant to be the inception of the healing process., not the inception of a personal demise.


Anyone that has lived a little life knows that life brings pain, it is our choice how long we let this pain breach our walls and infiltrate our personal fortress.


I believe pain should drive us to find the needed help to start the emotional or physical healing process. The quick shortcut to not feeling the pain almost always leads to the trap of unhealthy habits.


Pain then becomes the trojan horse that breaches our personal walls and all to often unleashes the trap of painkillers or other drugs to numb the annoyance of pain, and in turn the army fueled by the deadly morphine molecule masks itself as a helper and slowly deteriorates our perception and strength into confusion and dependence.


Using the morphine molecule (the euphoric molecule within the opium plant and main narcotic ingredient in painkillers and heroin) to repair a breach to your own personal fortress is the equivalent of patching a hole in your wall with cardboard and expecting it to fend off a well trained, fierce, and relentless army that has your destruction in mind.


Painkillers and heroin are this unrelenting force that comes to kill, steal, and destroy. Are painkillers a needed blessing at times? Certainly. I recall going to the ER, 7yrs into recovery from a deadly drug and alcohol addiction, with excruciating pain from a large kidney stone.


I took the painkillers and was extremely grateful for the help they provided, but I