I used oxycodone for a week after breaking my leg, and hydrocodone for two following my surgery. Having just quit smoking, I can recognize the familiar way that substances pull at your thoughts. It's different, but not that different.
I've used less opiates than most in my situation (based on "research" of some collected anecdotal evidence) and I've had a few stone-cold, honest to god cravings. That's fucking terrifying, and it prompted me to go cold turkey sooner than my doctor expected me to.
Someone else would be addicted right now. Opiates aren't a fucking joke, and in my opinion this guy deserves more than the sentence they've given him.