Archive for January, 2010

  • Accidental Addiction: From Pain Relief to Drug Dependency

    When someone gets surgery or has a serious accident, pain is the main thing people want to stop.  It is a natural human need to avoid physical pain, and if we can relieve pain we are happy to do it.  In fact, not controlling pain can slow recovery. Pain control is a critical part of medical treatment.  Why do some people, long after pain medication should be needed, continue to take opiates and drugs like Vicodin?

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The Pain of Addiction

Vicodin addiction often starts innocently enough. Most people start taking Vicodin or other pain medications after surgery or an injury. But then they can’t stop. They need more to get the same pain relief. They start doctor shopping to get more pills. And the cycle continues until it takes over their lives.