Is Your Loved One Struggling With Pain Pill Addiction?Call now, we can help.
In American society today, the quick fix or easy solution is often times the most sought after. Someone in pain visits a pain clinic, in most cases, to alleviate and treat their pain promptly. The healthier, long-term solutions to pain such as lifestyle changes, weight loss, exercise, stretching, hydration, etc. are suggestions many do not wish to hear. Their pain is happening now and most expect it to be treated as such. Doctors often times enable this mentality by quickly prescribing or over-prescribing opioid-based pain medications, which are only intended to be used if all other solutions are ineffective. If the doctor is willing to prescribe opioid medications for acute pain, they are recommended to only prescribe for 7 days, because anything longer could result in opiate addiction, but in a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, it was found that 1 in 5 doctors routinely overprescribe these medications for up to 30 days as opposed to the recommended 7 days.
The numbers are staggering, according to the Chicago Tribune, which found these percentages of people use some form of narcotic pain medication.
~57% of working-age women use narcotic pain medication.
~41% of working-age men use narcotic pain medication.
It isn’t just the doctors to blame, “Big Pharma” companies have intentionally misled the public many times. In recent years the maker of Oxycontin, Purdue Pharma, pled guilty to congress for misleading the public about the addictive potential of OxyContin.
If only an apology could bring back the countless lives lost to overdose and addiction to these opiate pain medications. If you or a loved one is battling pain and attempting to manage dependence or addiction to opiate pain medications, please call now and we will assist in finding treatment and detoxification options.
Symptoms of Opiate Medication Abuse
Although many individuals who abuse opiates believe that they can still manage their addiction, the symptoms of opiate addiction will become quite visible. Below are the most common symptoms of opiate abuse, so if you have experienced any of these, and are currently taking opiates in any form, please contact us for help.
- Irregular sleep patterns
- Apathy towards social events and financial responsibilities
- Preoccupation with getting prescription refilled or finding more pills illegally.
- Bags under eyes
- Taking pills by alternative routes of administration, (crushing them for injection, inhalation, or insufflation)
- Frequent flu like symptoms from withdrawal symptoms
- Anger and defensive attitude if confronted
Seeking Treatment for Prescription Pill Addiction?
If you find that you take more medicine than prescribed or that you are asking the doctor for more than you need, then you may have an issue with addiction. As frightening as it can be to admit this to yourself, it is the first step in recovery and we here at Never Alone Recovery know exactly how you feel. Reach out and we will help you find the path of recovery.