Virtually everyone at some time will require the need for a prescription analgesic for pain control. The most effective pain control is provided by opiates, which are naturally produced in small amounts in our own bodies, and are necessary for the normal functioning of our neurological system. Every brain has its own unique genetically- determined capacity for processing these vital chemicals. The first time most people require a prescription for pain control is usually at a young age for an acute accident such as a broken bone or unforeseen surgical procedure. Usually, however, it is not until the stress brought on by the formidable years of adolescence that the brain becomes highly attuned to the effects produced by higher levels of opiates provided by prescription painkillers. There are two primary psychological responses to these elevated opiate-levels when they reach the brain. One is pain control, and the other is a sensation of pleasure in response to the sudden release of certain neurotransmitters. It is this second reward response of pleasure which can trigger the beginnings of “addiction” in less than 1% of the population. This small percentage, however, adds up to a large number of individuals whose lives will be controlled by the physical and emotional need to sustain this euphoric sensation long after the pain has subsided. Although there are many physical and psychological reasons for remaining in a false state of contentment, or euphoria, it is the basic inability to cope with one’s environment which underlies this illness. And in today’s spiraling society, the inability to overcome the economic and familial hardships produced by addiction to painkillers multiply the need for recovery.