I take at least 2 morphine tablets every day (cancer), sometimes 3. That medication allows me to literally get up and walk, function like a normal human being, work a full time job and do most of the things I could pre-diagnosis. I can assure you that even with it, I am by no means pain free. It took a couple years for me to get to the point that I needed to do that for any level of pain control and believe me, it was not an easy step to take, but some people really do need that. Sometimes over the counter stuff is not enough. Am I addicted? I'm sure my body is but i don't get any "high" out of it whatsoever. As a patient, I am responsible for being responsible about my medication. If I choose to abuse it that's on me, not my doctor.