Posted 9/17/2008 4:31 PM (GMT -6)
Remember that genetics play a strong role in who becomes addicted, so if you see a lot of tendency to truly become addicted (that takes a professional assessment to know the difference between addiction and dependence) genetics is one likely culprit. If you read a lot of these threads, you'll see a lot of PCP's won't treat chronic pain, although some do. There are a lot of reasons why, and some legitimate as doctors get increased scrutiny when they start writing scripts for opiates.

Sounds like your cousin probably has had a few bad experiences with pain patients (or addicts masquerading as pain patients), but unfortunately that ends up tainting the truth about chronic pain patients, which is when pain is adequately treated people rarely become addicts unless they were already addicts before, and/or have some genetic predispositions they're not aware of. In those cases a chronic pain patient needs to work with an Addictionologist, who is a doctor with a specialty in Addiction Medicine, to have their pain treated.


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