Yes, this is one of the more common problems that people struggle with after major or even minor surgery. If the person having surgery already has a history of addiction, they are more likely to become addicted to prescription pain medications. The most common method that someone does become addicted to these painkillers, is through a prescription. The process usually starts with taking the drug longer than needed, as a dependency and tolerance for the pain medication will be developed.
Once a dependency for the drug has occurred, the user will later develop an addiction because they will require a specific dose with each use. The other way that someone becomes addicted to prescription pain medications is with the abuse of the drug. Opiates create an intense euphoria that will become habit-forming. Many people who are prescribed these drugs tend to misuse them, which will cause dependency and addiction. Prescription pain medications may not always be needed after surgery, but this is a discussion to have with the prescribing doctor. There is always a risk of becoming dependent upon these drugs, and this should be made known before someone begins to take them.