http://www.addiction-free.com — There is still a lot of debate and strong opinions about the risks versus benefits of using opioid medications for chronic pain management. In this video Dr. Grinstead talks about some of the confusion caused by misunderstood terms. Some people who are on chronic opioid management are sometimes seen as opiate addicts. Dr. Grinstead believes it's not about the medication per say but how the medication is used and monitored as well as identifying any potential risk factors for each person being prescribed potentially addictive medications.
Some of the people taking these medications are also afraid they're addicted. In this video Dr. Grinstead discusses the difference between dependence, abuse, pseudoaddiction and addiction. To learn more please check out Dr. Grinstead's Blog on this topic at the link below and see the definitions developed by the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the American Pain Society, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine on these sometimes misunderstood terms.