I have chronic back pain, probably because of my long computer working hours. Long story short, I started to take co-codamol (30mg codeine + 500 mg paracetamol). I love it, not only does the pain disappear, but my miserable, painful, depressed, and tired day becomes the happiest day of my life, I feel the rush of warm blood circulating through my body, warming up my legs, my mind feels in heaven, I'm happy, and even work twice as well and fast as usual.
I don't feel side effects, well, the only side effect I experience is that I completely gave up on alcohol, I used to drink almost every day, now, for some reason, I completely lost appetite for alcohol, its "happiness" feeling is just nothing compared to opioids.
I keep my dose at 2 pills a day, when I wake up, now for approximately 3 months. This dose makes the difference between having a miserable day and a cheerful day.
Am I addicted? Is this dangerous? If I don't feel any side effects, does it mean I'm fine and it's safe? If I'm addicted and need my 2 pills daily (and I'll stay with this dose), is it bad? I'm also addicted to water and air right? Is addiction bad by definition? Should I stop with codamol and return to suffer just because "opioids are dangerous" by textbook definition?
Please let me know if you're experienced in this. Joel