Valerie's Barriers

I fired my doctors

Was I being punished?

You need to express fears

Fear of addiction

Side effects worried me

A gender bias

Costs are a factor

Believe your pain

Fear of addiction

I am very worried about becoming addicted to any pain medication. I am a recovering alcoholic and I haven't drunk in many, many years and I don't want to. I don't want to become addicted to anything else. This is an issue I have been open about with my physician, with my family, with my friends. I've had a lot of support there and I feel like I have extra eyes. But I think I am so afraid of becoming addicted I actually at times need to be encouraged to take the medication when I need it.

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