Here is a simple test. If a person cannot function with the meds, addiction is a possibility. If a person functions because of the meds, addiction is unlikely.
I take medications, but get no 'high' at all. I get side effects that cause me to lose balance, coordination and memory, and cause me to have dizziness, confusion and several other things that I would classify as 'not being able to function'. Give me a day, and I can do all of it; require it in a work environment and I am now totally lost. (I use backspace for about
every 20 characters I type unless I slow to 30 chars/minute or less, and I was a programmer who relied on typing abilities.) And I haven't even gotten to the side effects from the main medications and opioids that I take.
It concerns me that I am a candidate for addiction. The problem is, if I don't take those medications I am a screaming meemie who curls into a ball and screams all day because of the pain, and is even less likely able to be any kind of productive.
Just to be clear, I take Lyrica and Cymbalta which I *believe*, and my Pain Dr stated last week, are most likely to be cause the majority of the side effects. The opioids I take are methadone and morphine, from which I get ZERO 'high'. I even 'overdosed' on accident a few weeks ago, taking 3 doses of each, and all I got was very sick and very sleepy with a POUNDING headache. My PM dr's response when I told her was "It's a good thing you are so resistant to opioids; you're lucky you aren't dead".
I guess my point is, I would actually rather be addicted to these drugs that run out of them and be left without anything but pain.
As I think is what many here are left with if they can't get THEIR meds.
I wonder how many would prefer lifetime addiction to lifetime pain?.