Chronic Pain is a serious condition, from which relief is sought through various treatments. While medications are a popular solution, the downside is that opioid medications can lead to addiction. However, addiction is relatively rare and often coincides with a genetic predisposition for such. The more typical outcome is a physical dependence, which is not the same as addiction. Nevertheless, patients and doctors are often afraid to take or prescribe opioid medications because of the misunderstanding about the addiction risk.
One of the greatest obstacles chronic pain patients face in their quest for adequate pain relief is the widespread misunderstanding of the difference between physical dependence on a drug and addiction. Many patients, the general public, and sadly even some physicians fear that anyone taking opioid medications on a long-term basis will…