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Prescription painkillers are an important part of today's medical arsenal, and relieve untold suffering every day. Unfortunately, some of the most effective painkillers can also be addictive.
If you are taking medication prescribed by a professional for a genuine ailment, and you are following the prescription instructions, you may develop a dependency on the drug, but you do not have an addiction. Fear of addiction can lead to undertreatment of legitimate illnesses and unnecessary suffering.
If you feel you need more and more of the drug, if you are taking it after your physical illness has healed, and if you are lying to doctors or pharmacists to get it, you should seek treatment.