Hi, I'm brand new to this site/forum. I looked for a forum today because my neck was hurting so very so much. I tried a muscle relaxant last night and my pain was worse than before. I've had back and neck pain for 20 yrs. I have a prescription for hydrocodone, but have been very cautious about using it. I have been on pain meds off and on for many years. The last time I was prescribed them I wound up abusing them. My doctor never questioned me, but I knew I had to stop, so I detoxed on my own . Horrible experience! My problem is that I'm coming to realize I may need to be on opiates the rest of my days, and I'm fearful that I will come to abuse them again. I was trying not to take them everyday, but my pain has been too much to tolerate, and I've taken them each day this week. I'm worried I'm on a slippery slope. What to do?