Our expert says:
Being addicted to painkillers is obviously a problem, and can be angerous, depending on the analgesics being abused, and the doses, and his general physical state. Sounds more broadly, though, that he has a low self-esteem, and lies about himself in order to try to feel like a better and bigger person than he actually is. He's not likely to beat this on his own, but should be able to do well with proper treatment, after assessment by a good local shrink. Encourage him to do this.
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