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How can painkillers become addictive?

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Dr. Divyansu Patel
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Brain

Pain meds act on the reward center of your brain which make you want to keep having that feeling.
It can also led to accommodation which means your going to need higher does in the future to get the same effects.

In brief: Brain

Pain meds act on the reward center of your brain which make you want to keep having that feeling.
It can also led to accommodation which means your going to need higher does in the future to get the same effects.
Dr. Divyansu Patel
Dr. Divyansu Patel
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Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Pain Management

In brief: Chemical dependency

Most people who use opioid based painkillers never get "addicted".
Addiction is the psychological need for the feeling a drug gives you. Most people who take pain killers become physically and chemically dependent on them, which is not an addiction. But since these meds stimulate certain areas of the brain that can cause "euphoria", true addiction is possible, but rare.

In brief: Chemical dependency

Most people who use opioid based painkillers never get "addicted".
Addiction is the psychological need for the feeling a drug gives you. Most people who take pain killers become physically and chemically dependent on them, which is not an addiction. But since these meds stimulate certain areas of the brain that can cause "euphoria", true addiction is possible, but rare.
Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Dr. Kenneth Choquette
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Dr. Edmund Cavazos
Psychiatry

In brief: Effects on brain

The opiates work centrally in the brain.
They effect not only parts of the brain to control pain but also the pleasure parts of the brain. Not everyone who uses painkillers become addicted.

In brief: Effects on brain

The opiates work centrally in the brain.
They effect not only parts of the brain to control pain but also the pleasure parts of the brain. Not everyone who uses painkillers become addicted.
Dr. Edmund Cavazos
Dr. Edmund Cavazos
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