<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by emiwee:
i honestly don't have to do a search on MEDLINE to find out about opiate use and addiction... <sic>
so do not accuse me of not being informed...
Oh please. When nixon first came to power, the number of addicts multiplied by the amount of money the dea estimated they stole per day, worked out to something like 10 billion per year, at the time orders of magnitude more then all the theft in the country. Any study that draws primarly from street drug users is *obviously* severly flawed.
Addictions research seems to have people wiht problems falling all over them so they never seem to notice or want to notice how many functioning people are out there without problems.
Opiate addiction is not as bad as people tend to think. There are two problems with opiates and there addiction. One, if there is little left in your life but drugs then the need for them is all consuming, but on the otherhand, if drugs aren't priority #1, the withdrawal is nothing more then a flu, sometimes a bad annoying flu, but it's no harder to deal with. Two, you can't use them for a period, quit for a period, and start back at square one. There is cumulative tolerance and effects.. But the addiction is mostly physical, it's not hard to get your head around, not like someone on a crack binge.
emma, the truth is, until you actually experience something yourself you will not be able to fully understand it. It is important to keep that in mind. But hey, it's nto that big of deal, take some painkillers every day for a month, see what you are like, see what quitting is like. Until then, you're only guessing.