Christine - posted on 06/04/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )
i have a friend who is a recovered addict. i love her dearly, but she really worries about the fact that i take norco and soma. i just don't think i have the genetic make-up to become an addict---and i don't get "high" ---i don't even know what they mean by "high". the meds just help the pain---and sometimes not even enough for me to really be comfortable at times. every so often i get messed up on the amount and i kind of get dizzy for a little while, but mostly, the more pain i have, the more meds i can take without getting those dizzy side effects. sometimes the meds help my mood, but not very often. when they do, i figure it is because it is just helping whatever has gone wrong in my central nervous system to cause the pain and depression.
i do get fairly talkative about 1/2 hour after taking meds, and it lasts about 1/2 hour---but i have heard other people say the meds do the same thing to them---we just decided it made us friendly.
i've read the research---in quite a few different places---and it says that people with chronic pain not not get addicted to pain meds very often, and if they do, they usually had an addiction problem already.
maybe too many people don't understand the difference between addiction and tolerance.