Not a single family has been able to escape the opioid crisis in the U.S. There are stories of painkiller addiction everywhere when you turn on the news. Painkiller addiction has become likely the biggest public health crisis the nation has ever faced. Now more than ever, treatment for painkiller addictions are important to the future of our country. If you or someone you love has fallen victim to painkiller addiction, you’re not alone. The good news is that you don’t have to stay there. Rehab for painkillers is only a call away. Don’t keep playing with life and death. When it comes to addiction, help is only a call away. Reach out to Recovery Unplugged now to stop living from pill to pill.
A LEADING SUBSTANCE ABUSE EPIDEMIC
The path to painkiller addiction has many different starting points. Some people might begin taking prescription painkillers for a real medical issue. Prescription painkillers can help with issues like cancer-related pain or other serious conditions. Others may start abusing these drugs not knowing how strong and addictive they actually are. The truth is that addiction doesn’t discriminate, and anybody can fall into painkiller abuse. It doesn’t matter how you started using. Somehow, you’ve fallen into an addiction and don’t know how to stop.
However you arrived at addiction, the path to recovery begins at Recovery Unplugged. We offer a number of treatment options, with everything from medical detox to music-assisted treatment. Regardless of whether you’re struggling with OxyContin, Percocet, or other painkillers, we’re here to help you overcome. Our goal is to help you find your independence from painkillers while taking steps toward a pain-free life.
You don’t have to suffer from constant pain and sickness anymore. It’s perfectly natural to not want to feel pain. It’s not natural to surrender your life to painkillers. There’s hope for a life without the need to pop another pill. Recovery Unplugged is ready to help you create a healthy life while in recovery from pain pill addiction.
Prescription opioids work by binding to pain receptors in the brain. Because of how strong they are, these painkillers can be helpful for people suffering from chronic pain. Some of the more common conditions painkillers help with include cancer-related pain, healing after surgery, and severe injuries.
The issue with prescription painkillers is that often people will try to get them long after the pain has left. Just like with any drug, there is room for abuse and addiction. This is doubly true for painkillers because of how strong they are and how easy it is to become dependent.
There are a lot of prescription opioids, some with mildly different effects than others. Because of how similar their effects are however, many people will treat them the same. Some of the most common prescription painkillers include:
Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to develop an OxyContin, Vicodin, or Percocet addiction. It’s important to have a trustworthy doctor when using these medications. Dependence begins when your body starts going into withdrawal. The moment you or a loved one experiences withdrawal symptoms, talk to the physician who prescribed them. You may need rehab and treatment for painkiller addiction.
IDENTIFYING PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLER ADDICTION
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 17 percent of Americans have had opioid prescriptions filled. The CDC report also showed that an average of 3.4 opioid prescriptions were given to each patient. These pills are everywhere. Despite recent legal changes to restrict them, the unfortunate truth is that they’re not going anywhere.
Because prescription painkillers have become so common, it's important to keep an eye out for abuse. Luckily, the signs and effects of painkiller addiction are easy to identify. For example, painkiller abuse and addiction can be identified through a number of signs, including:
- Changes in Use without Doctor Approval
- Constant Preoccupation with Painkillers
- Watching the Clock between Doses
- Deception Regarding Use
- Extreme Changes in Mood
- Increased Isolation and Withdrawal
- Negligence of Appearance
- Decline in Professional Academic Performance
- Legal Issues Connected with Painkillers
- Rationalization and Indignation When Confronted about Use
The problem is that lines between acceptable painkiller use and abuse very often get blurred. Oftentimes the effects of painkiller addiction and long-term opioid abuse can change your brain chemistry. More often, opioid use disorders end in one of two ways-- recovery, or death. If you think that someone you love might fall into abuse and addiction, keep an eye out for these signs. We don’t want you or your loved one to become another sad story of painkiller addiction. Help and treatment for painkiller addiction is closer than you might think.