I have heard that physical pains do come back much worse after the using stops. I spoke to my boyfriend’s uncle the other day who has been sober for +10 years from pain pills and he said he has a lot of neck/back pain that heightened when he stopped using. He still participates in a suboxone program to help with pain. He told me that’s just what works for him.
I noticed with my boyfriend, he has a really bad back and it flares up much more when he’s sober. I know it’s an excuse but he tells me that sometimes the pain is so bad, it makes him want to use because he knows it’s the only thing that will be a quick fix.