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Here at SayNoToCrack, we’re against the use of illegal drugs. And the use of legal drugs illegally. But in the past month, due to my accident, I’ve had to consume a number of prescription medications, including a pain killer, which opened me up to a whole new set of experiences: being physically dependent on a drug, and going through mild/moderate withdrawal. How did this happen, you ask? Let me lead you through the steps:

Step 1

First step, be injured enough that you get prescribed some addictive pain medication. Don’t bother asking if the meds are addictive. It also helps if you have a doctor who also won’t bother to let you know the meds are addictive.

Step 2

Take the meds until you run out. Don’t bother using your brain and wondering if you should have maybe eased yourself off them instead of just taking regular doses until you’re forced to quit cold turkey by the bottom of the pill jar.

No more for you!

Step 3

Notice that your clothes don’t seem to fit comfortably anymore. Then notice that your skin doesn’t fit comfortably anymore. Then notice that you are somehow entirely too hot, while simultaneously far too freezing to be able to relax. Never be comfortable again.

Step 4

Feed all your friends and loved ones into a pit of vipers. Because it’s either that, or a pit of angry jungle cats. But then the cats get out and attack you, so maybe that was the wrong choice.


Step 5

Wake up sweating buckets. Sheets, pillows, pajamas, and skin are totally soaked and in literal need of a towel to dry them off. Call for help to do this, because exposing your soaked skin to the freezing air will almost certainly kill you.

Step 6

Wish for more nightmares, because at least you’d be asleep. Never sleep again.

Step 7

Cry all day.

Step 8

Decide that this emotionally and mentally unstable condition you find yourself in is absolutely the perfect time to read an emotionally-charged book series like the entire Hunger Games trilogy. Idiot.

Step 9

Finally work all the drugs out of your system. Sleep decently for the first time in a week and enjoy your food again. Write a blog about it.


…and there you have it! These are the 9 steps through physical dependency I found worked for me. I won’t say you should try it out yourself, because it was an experience I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy, but I’m glad I had it.

Who am I kidding, it was terrible. Always ask your doctor for all the particulars, kids!

2 Responses to “How to Gain a Physical Dependency”

  1. on 10 Nov 2010 at 10:55 pm Jeff


    I went through this exact thing – where I was being prescribed an opiate (due to kidney stones) for six months.

    The urologist just say “Ok, you’re done, stop”. Except I had a physical dependency, which is NOT addiction.

    99% of people who need meds like this do not get addicted. Addiction and dependency are two separate things.

    I called my GP during withdrawal, he came up with a very gradual plan for me to reduce my physical need over three weeks. If I ‘falled’ or abused it, my option was soley inpatient rehab.

    I was off the meds in two weeks.

    I’m sorry your doc mishandled this.

  2. on 14 Dec 2010 at 6:25 pm Veena

    How to Gain a Physical Dependency
    Hello Karen,
    Here at SayNoToCrack, we’re against the use of illegal drugs. And the use of legal drugs illegally.
    I like your voice against the use of illegal drugs and use of legal drugs illegally.
    All the steps 1 thru 9 – good step to step approach.In the end , get the physical dependency.Physical dependency thru physically dependent approach is the best- not thru medicine dependency.

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