As in "I don't want to get..."
Grown men and women, gloomy, unable to make eye contact, unable to think straight, not sleeping, suicidal some of them. But offer them pills that might actually make them better and it's "I don't want to get addicted!"
Asthmatics unable to climb a flight of stairs, coughing and gasping for ten minutes after any unaccustomed exertion, woken nightly by wheeze. "But I don't want to get dependent on an inhaler!"
Smokers with circulation poor enough they have gangrene so painful they can hardly walk, "Don't want pills that will kill the pain. I don't want to be an addict!"
Perhaps it's just been a bad day at the office, but I sometimes wonder what it is that my patients expect of me. Still I keep coming back for another dose, day after day.
Does that make me an addict?