The truly sad thing about the opioid family of pharmaceuticals is that, if taken for chronic pain ( which is to say, taken for longer than a single presciption to address an acute issue), the person taking them IS an addict. There is no way to avoid physical addiction to opioids.
The problem is that the medical community is well aware of this…they know that if you don’t refill on time, you will go into physical withdrawal. They know this is not your choice. And yet, they continue to overprescribe to millions and then treat everyone as if they’re the same.
Being physically addicted to a medication ( which happens with benzos, antidepressents, antipsychotics, etc. As well) is not the same as exhibiting ADDICT BEHAVIOR, i.e. drug-seeking. Doc-hopping and doc-shopping; having multiple scripts of the same med…a national database was created to stop those activities by making them transparent. Now the medical community needs to start relying on that factual information rather than treating all people on those meds as criminals and dopefiends.