Everyone has some potential to develop an addiction to their pain medication when they fail to use the medication as prescribed. However, there are a few factors that may indicate an increased risk of becoming addicted. If you are considering the use of an opioid drug for chronic pain, first tell your doctor about any of the following factors that apply to you:
- Past or present alcoholism or tobacco addiction.
- A history of illicit drug use, or abusing other prescription medications.
- A family history of substance abuse.
- Depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, or similar conditions.
Should you be a high risk for addiction to pain medication, it may be wise to seek out alternatives for your chronic pain. Talk to our Edmonds chiropractic clinic about how physical therapy and massage can help you.