Are opoid medications like morphine, hydromorphone, oxycontin and methadone safe to take for long periods of time?
Unfortunately, many people think that these medications are going to make them addicts. Very few chronic pain sufferers become addicted. They will become dependent on the medication, and will experience withdrawal if they stop their medications suddenly.
Addiction is very different and is more an emotional behavioural problem.
Pain patients can safely take opioids for life if necessary with no damage to organs or to tissues.
Opioid medications do not work for everybody, and are often just one part of a pain management program.
If opioid medications reduce pain, increase function and improve quality of life then it is an option worth trying.