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Painkiller Addiction

Being addicted to painkiller prescription drugs often results accidentally, when a pain patient is prescribed opiate painkillers for an ailment and then they discover they can’t stop. Other times, the addict takes prescription drugs from a friend or family member because they’re looking for a high and then get hooked.

Make no mistake about it: opiate painkillers are some of the most addictive drugs out there. This is why it is so important to seek treatment if addicted to prescription drugs.

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Are Prescription Drugs Dangerous?

Many people think that prescription drugs are safer than street drugs like heroin or cocaine, but nothing could be further from the truth. When abused, prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs, even though they may be prescribed by a doctor. What’s more, when prescription drugs are often paired with alcohol or other drugs, they can have some very dangerous consequences.

They can cause symptoms such as drowsiness, headaches, vomiting, fainting, nausea, and loss of coordination. Serious side effects can include problems breathing, heart problems, and internal bleeding. More than five people a day die in the United States from prescription drug abuse.

A Serious Problem Among Younger People

Prescription drug abuse is highest among younger people, between the ages of 18 and 25. Younger people abuse different prescription drugs for a number of reasons, including to relax, deal with problems, have a good time, and get high. Depending on the type of medications, they may be looking to improve concentration, maintain alertness, or relieve pain, but using any drug in a way that it wasn’t prescribed is risky. And many of these drugs are very addictive which makes them even more dangerous.

How to Know If Someone Is Addicted to Painkillers

In most cases, if the person is misusing prescription meds, chances are they’re addicted. There are very good reasons why these drugs aren’t over the counter like aspirin. Other signs the person is addicted might include:

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Behavior changes

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Needing painkiller overdose treatment from an emergency room

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Doing poorly in school or work

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Being preoccupied with getting high

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Stealing to help pay for drugs

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Losing interest in other things except getting another fix

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Not being able to quit for good

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Failing a drug test

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Getting in a car accident because they were under the influence

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Getting into arguments with loved ones over drug use

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Hiding drug use from family members

A “yes” answer to any of these questions is a good indicator of addiction.

Finding the Right Rehab Program

Those addicted to painkillers should make an effort to find the right painkiller rehab centers to help them. Don’t try to quit or go “cold turkey” — there are many unpleasant withdrawal symptoms associated with trying to self-detox. In some cases, withdrawing from some prescription drugs can be dangerous because of the body’s dependency. Even if one manages to detox, that’s only the first step toward complete sobriety. Without the help of highly trained professionals, one could relapse.

The good news is that there are affordable treatment options when it comes to rehab for painkillers. There is a correct, personalized rehab program for any addiction and budget, and Elevate’s trained professionals are standing by to help. We will help choose the right detox and addiction rehab program for any situations. Once you are through detox, you can then work on ending your addiction and learning coping mechanisms that will enable you to live a drug-free life.

Being addicted to prescription painkillers can be scary, but our compassionate professionals who know how to counteract the issue. They can help patients move past a prescription painkiller habit once and for all and get back to life, free from addiction. Call us now and find out how to beat prescription drug addiction.

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