Are you at risk of developing an addiction?

Posted 08/14/2013 | By HealthCorps

Having addictions in your family is considered a risk factor for developing addictions.  Patients who receive a prescription for opioids to treat pain can also be at risk of developing an addiction to this medication, if they have the following risk factors:

  • Depression, anxiety or other psychiatric issues present at the time of opioid treatment, or in their past history.
  • Ongoing substance abuse with alcohol or other drugs
  • Someone with poor coping skills who tends to imagine “worst possible outcomes” in trying situations, may be primed to become addicted to this powerful drug.

It’s always a good idea to have a conversation with your doctor about the pros and cons of taking any medication, especially a Schedule 3 opioid.

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