The path from pain to addiction is one that many have to face.  In the United States alone, more than 100 million people deal with chronic pain, on a daily basis.  Pain comes in two separate facets - eIther acute immediate pain or those that must deal with pain on a constant basis, also referred to as chronic pain.  In either case, pain is still treated in one primary fashion - drugs. These drugs, often very addictive drugs, are needed for relief, and many risk the chance that they will become addicted.

Those that must deal long term with pain, typically work with a pain management physician to guide them through the pitfalls.  Even with this expert guidance, many still become addicted to the pain medications on which they must rely.   According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the number one chronic pain complaint has to do with continual back pain.  More than 25 million people deal with this severe condition, and besides rehabilitation treatment, strong prescription opiates are used to treat this significant condition.

Prescription Medication tends to be highly concentrated, and highly addictive.  The most popular Opiates are:

  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycodone
  • Methadone

These medications share the common elements of an addictive substance.  They are highly concentrated, and are used to relieve pain in a significant way.  They pleasure returned by these drugs can be overwhelming.  Use is up across the board, and is the second most abused drug, behind marijuana.  But unlike marijuana, Prescription medication can kill.  Half of all drug deaths and overdoses (both legal and illegal) stem from prescription medication abuse according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Unfortunately, prescription opiates are necessary, and will simply be a part of this society.  Pain is dealt with in some extreme situations, and close medical supervision can assist in lessening the addiction rate. is your source for detailed information on various types of addictions, and can connect you with a local provider if you need to treat an addiction.  Peer reviewed and peer trusted.

"I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge." Edgar Allan Poe

Published on Mon, 06/09/2014 - 10:57
By Addiction Recovery