There are many legitimate and appropriate uses for opioid medications. Opioids are excellent at managing acute or chronic pain for back injuries, post-surgical recovery, dental work, and other medical conditions that generate unbearable pain.
For those who may become physically dependent upon opioids, their difficult journey often does not begin with a chase for euphoria or a "drug high", but with a short-term prescription from their physician for a pain killer ... in order to minimize the pain and discomfort from a recent surgery or injury.
How the brain & body respond to opiates varies from one person to the next. Some individuals have a very high tolerance for pain and may need relatively less pain relief medication than someone who possesses a high sensitivity to pain.
If an individual takes pain medication for a long enough period of time, they may run the risk of developing a tolerance to the medication ...read more