|The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli|
Its addictive properties mask pain wherever it lingers, and the longer it's taken, the greater the reliance. But pain meds' costume eventually has to be dis-robed, stripped of its disguise to parade around as comforter and healer. And the realization of detoxing from the drug can trigger a panic attack, as what happened to me. As the pain in my ankles lessened overtime from both reconstructive surgeries, I knew I needed to rid my body of the drug's toxic poison that had accumulated inside. I had no idea that coming off this medication is similar to what an addict goes through.