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Understanding Tolerance, Dependence, and Addiction

Understanding Tolerance, Dependence, and Addiction

 It is important to understand the meaning of the terms tolerance, dependence, and addiction when discussing substance abuse and the use of prescription medications such as opioid painkillers. 
What Is Tolerance?
Tolerance is defined as a person’s diminished response to a drug that is the result of repeated use 1. People can develop tolerance to both illicit drugs and prescription medications. As stated above, tolerance is a physical effect of repeated use of a drug, not necessarily a sign of addiction. For example, patients with chronic pain frequently develop tolerance to some effects of prescription pain medications without developing an addiction to them.
 What Is Dependence?
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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) Guidelines for Responsible Opioid Prescribing in Chronic Non-cancer Pain: Part I–Evidence Assessment

Article in – Pain physician · July 2012

Background: Opioid abuse has continued to increase at an alarming rate since the 1990s. As documented by different medical specialties, medical boards, advocacy groups, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, available evidence suggests a wide variance in chronic opioid therapy of 90 days or longer in chronic non-cancer pain. Part 1 describes evidence assessment.

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Back Pain Relief

Oftentimes a patient’s most complicated challenge is pinpointing the source of what is causing them pain. Pain specialists are trained to recognize conditions and recommend new treatments, procedures and pain management techniques. Relief can come in the form of not only medications, but also a few simple habits that can be incorporated into our daily routine to alleviate the pain. Here you can watch some easy techniques.     Continue Reading


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