Do I Need Inpatient Rehab For My Opioid Dependence, Even If It’s Prescribed To Me?


Many people take opioids on a daily basis for the treatment of chronic pain. When taken as directed under proper medical supervision, opioid therapy is generally safe and effective. Most people taking medically-prescribed opioids do not become addicted. However, this isn’t true for everyone. Genetics determine roughly half of a person’s risk of drug addiction. It’s definitely possible for anyone to develop an addiction to medically-prescribed opioids. Roughly one-quarter of patients taking opioids for chronic pain will develop some level of addiction to them. There is a critical distinction between physical dependence and addiction. They are not the same thing. […]