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The Stages Of Painkiller Addiction

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The Stages of Painkiller Addiction

In many American communities, the abuse of prescription painkillers has surpassed that of marijuana and cocaine. Studies show that more than 2 Million Americans use painkillers every year.  Many patients have prescribed painkillers (also commonly called opiates or narcotics) for legitimate medical concerns, i.e. to control pain from serious injuries or to make post-operative pain bearable. 

Well-known painkillers, such as Vicodin, Percocet, and Oxycontin are highly addictive and for good reasons. This class of drugs kills pain from nerve endings found throughout the body to the spinal cord and then to the brain. When the brain becomes involved, dopamine is released.

Dopamine, essentially, delivers a feeling of overall wellness – not only is the pain gone; dopamine makes you feel happy as well. To a would-be drug addict, lack of pain + feeling good can be an irresistible combination. Without proper medical supervision, the use of painkillers can go on well beyond the time they are needed and may result in addiction.

If you are concerned that you (or someone you know) have crossed the line into addiction, here are some warning signs to be on the look-out for:

Patients need to take more of the medication in order to get relief from pain.  You should tell your doctor if the meds are no longer working and you may get a new prescription. If the person just keeps taking more, the body will need more and more to achieve the same effect, which can result in addiction. Often, at this stage, the patient is not trying to avoid pain but is looking to get “high” from the drugs instead.

Early Addiction To Painkillers

Early addiction to painkillers can also result in personality and behavior changes. As addiction grows, everything else becomes secondary – look for people who used to be quite sociable to now seem to be “hiding out”.

Mid-Stage Addiction To Painkillers

Mid-stage addiction to painkillers can find the user missing work or school on a regular basis. They are spending more time sleeping and are obsessed with how to get more of their drug of choice.

Full-Blown Addiction To Painkillers

Full-blown addiction to painkillers has many repercussions.  Someone who is typically “tidy” about their appearance suddenly loses interest in grooming, bathing, and shaving.  They may not be eating or sleeping as they had before painkillers entered their lives. Along with “letting themselves go”, they will often let go of their responsibilities; quitting work or school altogether is not uncommon because it is now hard for the addict to function.

Late-Stage Addiction

Late-stage addiction finds the addict doing little or nothing; literally. Most of their time is spent in somewhat of a stupor and their speech may become incoherent.  In order to get more of the drugs, some addicts resort to stealing, forging prescriptions, and other criminal acts. By this time you no longer recognize the person you once knew; if they continue to use they will likely end up jailed, hospitalized, or dead.

Serious physical consequences are directly related to the abuse of painkillers. These drugs are known to lower blood pressure, slow heart rate, and pulse and to interfere with respiratory functions.  Overdose is not uncommon and can easily (and unexpectedly) result in death – the risk of overdose is heightened when you add other drugs/alcohol to the mix.

Withdrawal symptoms can be difficult to handle, but it can be done. Symptoms experienced may include any or all of the following: Uncontrollable twitching or movement of body parts, profuse sweating, chills, fever nausea, vomiting, bone pain, restlessness, and insomnia.

Many Thousands Of People Are Recovering From Painkiller Addiction

Most addicts find it nearly impossible to quit using painkillers without help.  There are many reputable treatment centers all across the globe that are prepared to help you or your loved one. Additionally, Twelve-Step Programs (such as Narcotics Anonymous – N.A.) have helped many addicts to recover and to reclaim their lives.

Is Drug Rehab Covered By Insurers?

There is no add-on insurance plan that covers only drug rehabilitation. Insurers will bypass coverage when questioning whether you have a pre-existing condition. Addiction is in fact a medical illness, so you might require medical treatment. Health insurance policies ought to cover expenses.

Find A Way To Recovery 

If they relapse, they stroll back through this continuum, scheduling touch-up conferences with their addiction counselors after a regression, or readmitting themselves into rehabilitation programs after an especially bad bout of addiction relapse. It’s essential to explain that regression is not a moral failing and it doesn’t imply that the addiction programs do not work. Rather, it is an indicator of the persistent nature of the illness. Simply as an individual with diabetes might, from time to time, eat a sweet reward and suffer an insulin reaction, an individual with addiction may battle with the temptation to use the methamphetamine from time to time and need additional aid. It’s just part of the nature of the addiction, and it is to be anticipated. Healing is possible, but this healing might take years of hard work to sustain. The rewards are, however, well worth the work.

Do not wait, get a new beginning today. If you or anyone of your loved ones are fighting with an addiction to crystal meth or another drug, you need to act now. Simply give us a call and we will make our best to help you find the very best meth rehabilitation program. We are waiting 24 hours every day to speak to you

Last Update : October 20, 2020

FAQ's

Can you leave the rehabilitation center?

You can leave the rehab any time, no one will compel you to stay at the rehab. However, dedication and continued treatment are required to fight addiction and achieve a sober life.

What are the Stages of Addiction?

There are various stages of addictions. The initial stage is the functioning individual with the addiction. The most common scenario is they have a job and their relationships are intact, but their health is depleting slowly because of their dependence.

What are narcotics and why people get it?

Narcotic analgesics (painkillers) are drugs that can reduce pain, cause numbness and/ or induce a state of unconsciousness. They have the tendency to cause tolerance and addiction

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