Here at Arkansas Pain Management & Detox Center we utilize
medications to treat your pain. There are substantial benefits
from opioid (narcotic) maintenance therapy for chronic pain relief.
The vast majority of patients not only obtain significant pain
relief, but also become more active physically and socially.
Please understand this treatment also entails some serious risks.
There are a variety of dangerous side effects associated with
opioid (narcotic) medications utilized in opiate therapy such
as sedation, respiratory depression, and death from overdose.
In addition, these side effects threaten others who may be injured
if a patient is impaired by the medication or behaves irresponsibly.
You must take opioids only as directed. Federal law prohibits
giving this medication to anyone else. Physical dependence will
develop with regular use, but does not by itself indicate addiction;
this means that a withdrawal syndrome will develop if you stop
your medication abruptly. Tolerance may develop to the pain relieving
effects of opioids; this means that the pain relief may decrease
over time, but in chronic pain states this usually occurs slowly,
if at all.