Distinguishing Between Pain-Related Dependence and Addiction

The potential for becoming dependent on pain medications is well known, but it can be difficult to distinguish between pain-related dependence on medication and an addiction. Some fear becoming addicted to powerful pain medications so much that they will avoid using medication when necessary, allowing pain to interfere with recovery from surgery or ongoing medical treatment. Dependence is an unfortunate side effect of opioid pain medication, but it is not the same as an addiction to opioids. Physicians can prescribe … Continue reading Distinguishing Between Pain-Related Dependence and Addiction