Rehab for Long-Term Painkiller Use
Millions of people have inadvertently become addicted to prescription painkillers. Many never saw addiction coming. They weren’t behaving recklessly or engaging in illegal activities. They simply filled a prescription for a painkiller like OxyContin, Vicodin or Demerol following an injury or surgery and then found that they just couldn’t stop taking the pills. Grandmothers, priests, politicians, school teachers and even doctors themselves have become ensnared by this powerful sickness. Help is available for those who know where to find it.
How Painkiller Addiction Happens
Prescription painkillers work by binding to certain receptors in the brain and blocking pain signals. Directly related tonarcotics such as opium, heroin and morphine,painkillers present much of the same potential for intoxication, abuse, dependency and addiction. While the risk for developing a problem is relatively low if the medication is used exactly as directed and is discontinued as soon as possible, the risk is still there. The most common causes for painkiller addiction are as follows:
- Taking higher doses than prescribed in order to maintain the euphoric high that was first felt
- Taking the meds for a longer period of time than prescribed
- Any past history of addiction, substance abuse or dependency
- Mixing meds with other drugs or alcohol
- Genetic or family history of abuse or addiction
As a tolerance develops, addicts will need larger amounts of the drug to feel the effects. In time they will be left with the dependency and will still experience physical and mental distress even while taking the pills. Some addicts work up to harder drugs like heroin while others overdose on painkillers trying to maintain the feeling of relief the pills once offered.
How Painkiller Addiction Rehabilitation Works
Rehabusually involves medically supervised detox to relieve the worst withdrawal symptoms, followed by integrated treatment of the psychological aspects of the disease. Each patient is thoroughly diagnosed and then given a customized treatment plan that might pull from a variety of the following therapies:
- Private counseling
- Support group meetings
- Education about the causes and effects of addiction
- Healthy activities that divert from drug use
- Spiritual care
Painkiller Addiction Help
If you have been struggling to quit taking painkillers, we can help. Addiction experts are standing by at our toll-free helpline 24 hours a day. If you have questions about the disease, the process of helping a person recover from it, or anything else related to addiction, please call. Don’t try to quit on your own. We’re here for you. Let us help you rediscover a beautiful life free of painkillers. Call today.