Some medications, especially opioids, that are used to treat pain can be addictive.
Addiction is different from physical dependence or tolerance.
- In cases of physical dependence, withdrawal symptoms occur when a substance suddenly is stopped
- Tolerance occurs when the initial dose of a substance loses its effectiveness over time
Addiction and physical dependence often occur together.
Treatment typically begins with medically controlled detox. After stabilization, treatment may include:
- Weight management
- Physical therapy
- A TENS unit
- Over-the-counter pain medications
This is coupled with intensive group, individual and family sessions.
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