Pain Medication Dependence

Pain Medication Dependence

The University of Surrey conducted the first UK study on patients dependent on medication for chronic pain. The research, led by Louise Norton and Dr. Bridget Dibb, focused on the experiences of individuals relying on potentially addictive substances for pain relief. Interviews with nine participants revealed feelings of not being fully present in their lives due to medication side effects, frustration with limited alternative treatment options, and negative interactions with medical professionals. The study emphasizes the importance of understanding patients’ experiences, promoting shared decision-making, and addressing emotional needs associated with painkiller dependence.


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Taylor Marks is a certified holistic health coach and professionally trained chef from The Institute of Culinary Education. Her passions include the latest research in health science, culinary arts, holistic wellness, and guiding others towards feeling their best.