Medical Complications and Addiction

Treating a medical complication is difficult enough on its own, but treatment becomes much more difficult when the patient is a recovering addict. Most narcotics used to treat or alleviate pain have a high abuse and addiction potential. For individuals struggling with a past or present addiction the use of any drug can trigger old abuse habits and lead to a relapse. Unfortunately many addicts are in denial that a drug problem exists, because they believe their drug abuse is sanctioned by a legitimate medical need. Addicts with a medical complication are able to justify the condition as an excuse to maintain their addiction. [Read more…]