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.
We're all too aware of the fact that chronic pain is being significantly under-treated because many physicians either have inadequate training, personal biases or are afraid of prescription drug abuse. Surveys show that at least 30 percent of patients with moderate chronic pain and more than 50 percent of those with severe chronic pain do…