I was more interested in exchanging ideas and personal responses to AA and chronic pain in general; what I've found in most other groups (usually on Facebook) is one-liners, favorite causes (never anything dealing with pain), and lots of people talking about their diets. This is why I'm in Connect. My concern with the worry I read here–with addiction has me baffled. The percentage of folks who become addicted while taking opiates for chronic pain is incredibly low. Out of 130 people, 1 will become addicted. I've had Adhesive (and sub) Arachnoiditis for 45 years, have never had decent medical care, and stupidly walked out on my pain management clinic, never imagining just how horrific the pain was gonna get. Kratom sounds like a real nightmare of a drug, and it's good of you to share your knowledge about it. The only thing available here is CBD oil, and it's pricey. I have access to everything illegal, but they don't appeal. Pot is delivered, but VERY pricey, and way too strong for me; I start hallucinating after 1 hit. If anyone reads this and knows of a natural pain killer, you'd be doing a round the clock pain sufferer a huge favor. Thanks for listening to my rant!