Unfortunately, there are scenarios when avoiding certain drugs are next to impossible. Especially prescription opioid painkillers. People in recovery get injured or require surgery just like the general population. Even if one is in recovery they cannot be expected to undergo certain procedures with only local anesthetics. So, what is to be done? Or rather, how does a person in recovery who will be taking opioids (even for a short time) avoid the risk of relapse?
It is a delicate situation to be sure, but perhaps the most important thing to do is to be honest with one’s physician. If you are in need of a serious medical procedure, it is absolutely vital that your doctor be made fully aware of your history. If they are in the dark, doctors will likely go about treating your pain the same way they would the general public.