You asked : what about "people who are given powerful painkillers for an illness and once they are better, can just stop taking it without any withdrawal symptoms?"
Thats me. I can't explain it, other than morphine created the addiction. After taking it for 12 years, I am an addict, obviously. Withdrawals are horrid, intolerable, boy I went thru stuff to try and get past it, after a few days I was "spent". maybe that was just the unmaksing of the pains I had not experienced all those eyars, the disease getting worse, and me not feeling it until I tried to stop - maybe it was not withdrawals after all. You would think the medical community would offer some help, but nothing... just scorn.
But the next post says something - my family is addicted to religion!! They used religion to avoid drugs and alcohol, but are addicts nonetheless!! Thats very clever.
I think morphine has qualities that help it survive, like many plants do. if they are usefull to another animal, or human, that might help it survive, like the berries that need animals to scatter its seed in bowel movements, they devloped a taste the animals like. Morphine has that too, not good tasting appeal, but rather it appeals to some part of my brain.
I really do believe that attitude change could overcome much of my addiction, where in withdrawals I could put my awarenss somewhere else and it would not bother me so much.This comes from where patients who got morphine after tramuatic accidents but were not told about it, and they suffer almost ZERO addiction and almost no withdrawals because they simply don't know where the feeling is coming from. Knowing that taking that one pill will end your suffering makes you focus on getting that pill.
Arrggg, its complex. Isn't it? Or is it - maybe not - I just have to stop it and then things will be different.