Drug User...Huh !?!
Friday, October 20, 2017
I had an eye doctor’s appointment this week. Since I am on prescriptions to treat my autoimmune disease, and they can affect my vision, I have regular 6 month check ups.
I got my lab results today. When I was reading through them I saw a block in the form for drug user. My doctor had checked ‘yes’. I was shocked! I was indignant! I said to myself, I have never used drugs. I had no desire when I was young and it would be so foolish to start now.
So I called and asked him about it and, guess what, he said that box is checked because I am on steroids and an opioid. Yes it’s prescription but they are also monitored, regulated, and addictive substances. So, by medical standards, I AM a drug user.
It shook me up because it is not a label I ever expected to be associated with but the truth is, by medical definition, I do take “drugs” now and I will be taking them for the rest of my life. I thought about it and know I need to get past that label and see the truth. My truth. The label means nothing. Your actions and your intent mean everything.
Many times in life people will stick labels on us; make a decision about us that has nothing to do with who or what we actually are. We don’t have to accept that as truth. We are not what we are labeled; we are our actions, our intent, OUR truth.
Don’t let a label determine who and what you will be. I am on drugs but I don’t ‘do’ drugs, so I am putting that label aside because I know my truth.
My actions define my reality. I won’t let any label do that.