The Most Commonly Abused Form of
Prescription painkiller addiction killed over 18,000 Americans in 2014. It represents the number-one addiction threat facing Americans and negatively impacts hundreds of lives on a daily basis. An effective resource in the treatment of severe pain-related conditions, opioid painkillers are a highly addictive family of prescription drugs whose effects mirror those of heroin. Many in the clinical and prevention communities have actually likened painkillers to a legal form of heroin. Prescription painkiller addiction does not discriminate and affects all types of victims, from adolescents to young adults to middle-aged executives to the elderly. It develops through a prolonged and untreated routine of abuse and can occur in a very short period of time.
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Types of Prescription Opioids
The category of prescription opioids incorporates a wide variety of medications, some of the most common of which include:
These drugs work by binding to pain receptors in the brain and spinal cord to alleviate severe pain. Some of the more common conditions for which opioid painkillers are used include cancer-related pain, post-operative discomfort, severe bone or muscle injury and moderate to severe chronic pain. It’s imperative that the use of these drugs is monitored by an experienced and qualified medical professional. The moment patients experience withdrawal symptoms; they should consult their prescribing physician.
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Painkiller Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms
It’s common for those suffering from prescription painkiller addiction to experience a variety of physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms, including:
- Stomach Illness
- Acute Sensitivity to Pain (Hyperalgesia)
- Sleep Disorder
- Headache and Migraine
- Fever and Flu-Like Symptoms
- Joint and Muscle Pain
These symptoms are best managed in a medically supervised detox program where patients can receive expert relief and be closely monitored in the event of a medical emergency. Prescription painkiller withdrawal is a serious medical condition that needs to be addressed by experts. Further treatment of painkiller addiction requires a customized course of behavioral modalities that address the root causes of addiction and allow patients to live independently in recovery.
If you or a loved one is battling prescription painkiller addiction, let Recovery Unplugged provide safe, effective, music-based treatment. We are committed to helping our patients successfully overcome their painkiller abuse while helping them regain their confidence and emotional strength. You don’t have to let painkiller addiction destroy your life. Call Recovery Unplugged now at (855) 444-0660 to start the healing process.