I had been on short acting pain pills for 8 years when I found websites on these drugs and I had also been going to a natural healer for about a year. I had started to believe everything I had read about how pain pills were not taking away the pain that they were making your brain think that they needed the pills. Even Dr's were saying this on some threads so I thought I had to be addicted to these drugs and that my body will heal on it's own. I put myself in a rehab costing about $30,000 . The pain after coming off the pills was horrid. The Dr's said give it time your pain will go away. I sat on my couch and cried and cried .I couldn't sleep, I couldn't eat ,I wanted to die. I wasn't going back on those pills either, I believed the pain was all in my head and it would go away. The Dr's said so, Dr's who new nothing of my case. Six months came and went and my pain was horriable . I went back to my pain Dr and said I am still in pain why will it not go away ? He said ,you really thought it would ? You have had 3 back surgeries and you have nerve damage, your pain will never go away. He put me on Opana Er thank god!! I was sick for a month but the pain was starting to relieve itself . I have been on it for about a half a year now and I am as happy as I can be and I now am able to have a life. I lost everything , my house , my husband , my child all because Dr's and other people were saying that if you take these kind of drugs you are a addict and I believed them. Dependent and addicted are two diffrent things ,I have never been high off my drugs , I have never taken more then what my Dr said I could. I am dependent not addicted. I don't want anyone else believing that these pills are not needed in some cases . I am so happy I can sleep through the night and that I can drive my daughter to school . I missed out on so much in those months I was waiting for my pain to go away on its own.