Do you or someone you know have an painkiller addiction?
Those who have a painkiller addiction know just how serious an illness it is. The initial high obtained from them slowly fades away and the more they take painkillers the higher doses are needed to obtain (chase) that same high. This vicious cycle continues for those addicted to chasing the “high” the received the very first time.
Top 10 symptoms of people with a painkiller addiction.
Usage Increase – Over time, it is common for individuals with a painkiller addiction to grow tolerant to the effects of their prescribed dose. If someone you know seems to be increasing his/her dose over time, this is an indication that the amount they were taking is no longer providing them relief.
Change in Personality – Changes in a person’s normal behavior can be a sign of dependency. Shifts in energy, mood, and concentration may occur as every day responsibilities become secondary to the need for the relief the prescription provides.
Social Withdrawal – A person with a painkiller addiction may withdraw from family, friends and other social interaction.
Ongoing Use – Continued usage after a medical condition has improved will result in the person needing extensions on his/her prescription. The person might talk of how they are “still feeling pain” and need just a little longer on the medication in order to get well. He or she might also complain frequently about the doctors who refused to write the prescription for one reason or another.
Time Spent on Obtaining Prescriptions – A person with a painkiller addiction will spend large amounts of time driving great distances and visiting multiple doctors to obtain the drugs. Watch for signs that he or she seems preoccupied with a quest for medication, demonstrating that the drug has become their top priority.
Change in Daily Habits and Appearance – Personal hygiene may diminish as a result of a drug addiction. Sleeping and eating habits change, and a person may have a constant cough, runny nose and red, glazed eyes.
Neglects Responsibilities – A person with a painkiller addiction may call in sick to work more often, and neglect household chores and bills.
Increased Sensitivity – Normal sights, sounds and emotions might become overly stimulating to the person. Hallucinations, although perhaps difficult to monitor, may occur as well.
Blackouts and Forgetfulness – Another clear indication of dependence is when the person regularly forgets events that have taken place and appears to be suffering blackouts.
Defensiveness – When attempting to hide a drug dependency, a person with a painkiller addiction can become very defensive if they feel their secret is being discovered. They might even react to simple requests or questions by lashing out.
Prescriptions to pain medication can be safe when taken according to the doctor’s instructions and are carefully monitored. However, it is important to recognize that they can also be very dangerous. Remember that dependency is a disease that can exhibit itself to even the most cautious individual. Therefore, anyone who is prescribed pain medications should take extra precautions to avoid the debilitating effects a dependency can have and watch for the warning signs.
Treatment for people with a painkiller addiction.
The goal of treatment is to help people stay in treatment and reduce the use of illicit opioids. Treatment for opioid dependence has several components:
++ A physical component, including treatment with medication, helps keep cravings and withdrawal symptoms under control so patients can focus on their treatment
++ psychological and behavioral components, addressed with appropriate counseling, help patients identify and work through triggers and stressors so they are prepared with certain situation arise, and help them make the necessary behavioral changes.
You will find at BeFree Centers for addiction, ( a division of JoyRich Health Care Centers) We have Licensed Medical Professionals are available at your convenience for an initial consultation, meeting you in a confidential , non-threatening environment to set up a treatment plan specifically designed to aid in your recovery.
Almost 2 million people in the United States have a painkiller addiction, it is more common than most people may think. It’s important to recognize that opioid dependence is a brain disease, not a moral failing.
Caring for a loved one who is addicted to prescription opioid painkillers or heroin isn’t easy. Opioid dependence is a medical condition. In order to treat this condition and provide the best opportunity for your loved one, he or she will require a plan that includes medication, counseling and your support.
Buprenorphine, which comes in several forms, is used in the treatment of Opioid dependency. Only qualified physicians can prescribe, dispense and treat Opioid dependence with Suboxone, Zubsolv or Subutex.
Urine drug screening, medication and counseling are all part of our support provided to you when entering the program.
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