I am currently awaiting several surgeries and have been going to doctors to work out a way to manage the pain until things are all set to move forward. I am strongly against myself taking an opioid pain medication at this time and am trying to deal with it in a less risky manner. I would like to note that I am not against them overall but due to my family history of addiction I would like to avoid them as long as possible. I do understand that it is likely that I will need them during recovery, I just want to wait as long as I am able.my question is, why is it that other people I know as well as things I read suggest that doctors act like you are a drug addict if you ask for an opioid pain medication for what seem like both short term and valid reasons but when I ask to avoid them, that is all they seem to want to offer? Is this a situation unique to me or have any of you had this or a similar situation occur with your pain management? I do not understand what is so strange about not wanting to go quite so hardcore yet.