Bravo for standing up and saying no more! I’d like to point out an outcome you escaped but one some do not: opiates made you sick but they turned my good friend into an addict. She was prescribed a steady supply of Percocet as her only treatment for many years. One has no choice but to become an addict in that circumstance, as opiate pain medication is physically addictive. But at some point, her doctor cut her off just like that. No weaning, no treatment. And since the pain was still unbearable, she ended up using heroin. She lost her children, and almost never sees them. She has been in recovery for a couple of years now, but I think back to all those years she was dismissed as histrionic; all the times her narcissistic husband accused her of lying, and to ALL. THOSE. PILLS. and I think,
Wow. How messed up. How is no one accountable?