Grad - I agree. We all know there is a difference between being dependent and addicted, but it is trying to educate the rest of the population where the problem lies. I personally believe that many of us CP patients are somewhat defiant, if you will, by starting out with a refusal to believe that it is going to get us down. For me personally that is where the depression deepened, when I had to start giving up things that I liked doing, losing a small piece of my life at a time and then coming to the realization of how big the little pieces added up to be. I can no longer even do 45 minutes of grocery shopping without paying a price in pain.
cervical fusion 2006, with great result
lumbar fusion 2005, with continued pain