The Accidental ADDICT by ProQuest

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[...] they're chemically related to heroin, but without the stigma. If you find you're using a drug to numb negative emotions or "make it all go away," your treatment may need to be changed. * Don't rely only on drugs No matter what the reason for your discomfort- migraines, an injury that's not getting better, or a chronic condition like cancerpills shouldn't be your only source of relief after a week or two, says Scott Fishman, M.D., professor of anesthesiology and chief of the division of pain medicine at the University of California, Davis, "Physical therapy, counseling, alternative medicine like acupuncture, or surgery can help you resume your normal life." * Get off the med s safely The longer you're on painkillers, the more likely it is that your body will develop a tolerance for them.

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