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Prescription Addiction Treatment

During the last 10 years, prescription drug abuse has increased significantly.  Every day an estimated 91 Americans die due to a prescription drug overdose, according to the CDC.

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What are the Risks of Painkiller Addiction?

Each year over 40% of all opioid overdose deaths are caused by the misuse of painkillers.  Painkiller abuse can involve using a higher dose than prescribed, using another person’s prescription, or mixing additional painkillers and other drugs and alcohol.  The total overdose deaths caused by painkillers in 2016 was five times higher than it was in 1999.

When prescribed, painkillers carry a risk for addiction.  It is estimated that 12% of people prescribed painkillers end up suffering from opioid dependency.  80% of heroin addicts admitted to starting by misusing prescription painkillers.

Most people get painkillers from friends or family members.  This makes over prescribing opioids a dangerous practice by most doctors.  The DEA has listed many opioid painkillers are schedule II drugs, meaning they carry a high risk for both physical and psychological addiction.

The first step for somebody to obtain sobriety is to admit that they have a problem and agree to go prescription addiction treatment to get the proper help they need.  Once they have decided to get sober, our specialists here at USA Addiction will find the prescription addiction treatment center that fits your  individual needs. The next step is cleansing the body from all the toxins or detoxing.  This process of detoxification is an uncomfortable process and you may experience severe pain while you withdrawal from prescription medication if you try on your own.  While going through detox at the treatment center, there will be medical staff on site to help detox safely and with as little discomfort as possible.  This is an important process in helping your body fight its addiction.

USA Addiction will help you every step of the way when finding a substance abuse treatment program. We work with the top addiction treatment centers nationwide that provide the best evidence based treatment for the resources available.

We take pride in finding the perfect substance abuse treatment program for each individual that contacts us. We take an in-depth look at your situation and provide you with a personalized treatment plan that suits your specific needs.

Types of Painkillers

All painkillers work similarly to one another in the way they bind to opioid receptors in the brain to offer pain relief. However, some painkillers are stronger than others and can be long-acting or short-acting.  For instance, the effects of methadone can last for up to 24 hours, while the effects of hydrocodone may only last up to six hours.

  • Codeine: This mild opioid is naturally derived from the poppy plant just like heroin and morphine, is up to one-third as strong as Morphine.  Codeine comes in many different doses and medicines and is widely used to treat diarrhea and coughs.
  • Demerol: Also known as Meperidine, this opioid is between seven and ten times less potent than Morphine, but offers a short half-life effective at treating post-surgical pain.
  • Dilaudid: Commonly known under its generic name of Hydromorphone, this opioid is up to 10 times stronger than morphine.  Dilaudid is often the second-line treatment for pain when Morphine fails to provide relief.
  • Fentanyl: This painkiller is 100 times stronger than Morphine and offers immediate pain relief that lasts between one and two hours.  Fentanyl binds so tightly to pain receptors that people who misuse this opioid can suffer a fatal overdose.
  • Hydrocodone: Also available under the brand name Norco, this opioid offers the same strength as morphine and is usually combined with Acetaminophen to offer pain relief.  Hydrocodone is one of the three most commonly abused painkillers in the U.S.
  • Methadone: This drug is three times stronger than Morphine, and is commonly used to treat opioid dependence.  Methadone is one of the most commonly abused painkillers next to hydrocodone and Oxycodone.
  • Morphine: Morphine is derived directly from the poppy plant and can offer pain relief in five to 10 minutes when used intravenously.  This opioid is one of the oldest pain treatments and is used as an ingredient in many other painkillers.
  • Norco: The brand name of a prescription painkiller that combines Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen in its makeup.  It can lead to dependence, overdose, and addiction.
  • Oxycodone: This drug is about 50% stronger than Morphine and is most commonly prescribed to treat post-surgery pain.  The effects of Oxycodone begin within 15 to 30 minutes and last for up to six hours.
  • Subutex: Also known by its generic name Buprenorphine, this opioid is up to 40 times stronger than morphine and can treat chronic pain without producing euphoria.  Subutex is commonly used to treat opioid dependence.
  • Tramadol: This painkiller is about one-tenth the strength of Morphine, but still carries the risk of abuse and dependence when misused.

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What are the Side Effects of Painkiller Addiction?

People who abuse painkillers are at risk of becoming addicted.  Painkiller addiction is a complex medical disorder characterized by excessive use of the medication to get high, feel euphoric or otherwise have adverse effects of the drug that were not intended by the manufacturer.

Repeated use of painkillers for uses other than they are prescribed or in doses that are higher than the prescribed dose can lead to:

  • An inability to create natural feelings of pleasure in the brain
  • Physical dependence on the drug, resulting in physical withdrawal symptoms
  • Psychological dependence on the drug, resulting in mental health issues
  • Drug cravings, and a building of tolerance to the painkiller

Long-term abuse of painkillers can lead to:

  • Respiratory failure
  • Heart attacks
  • Digestive problems
  • Sensitivity to pain
  • Overdose

What are the Signs of Painkiller Addiction?

  • Legal trouble as a result of drug use: Many people get DUIs, public intoxication, or other legal problems as a result of their drug use.
  • Risky activity while on medication: Mixing pills with other substances. Resorting to illegal activities to continue drug use (e.g., stealing).
  • Financial problems as a result of the prescription addiction: Drug habits are expensive to support.  As a result, financial issues could point to drug use. 
  • Doctor shopping for pills: Users will try and find doctors who will prescribe the drug or will forge prescriptions.
  • Loss of control over prescription use: Dependency may take more than they intended, do things that they otherwise wouldn’t do while they are under the influence or they may forget taking the medication altogether.
  • Relationship problems: Addicts may lie to their loved one or fight with them over the drug.  Neglecting their loved one is common, because the physical addiction is powerful and all consuming.
  • Continued prescription medication use despite known consequences: Addicts will continue to use even if they cannot afford it, have ruined relationships or have had health issues due to the drug.
  • Inability to stop using: Even if they want to, if they are addicted, physical dependence will prevent many from being able to stop abusing painkillers without intervention.

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An opioid addiction treatment center can help you or a loved one safely and thoroughly recover from both painkiller dependence and addiction.  Knowing common risks and side effects of painkiller addiction can motivate you or your loved one to seek help in the form of professional addiction treatment.

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The types of services offered by substance abuse help centers vary.  Some offer limited services, while others can be considered luxury rehab facilities.  Although you want to enter substance abuse treatment as soon as possible, it is important to take some time to choose the treatment center that is right for you.  The right facility will help you achieve sobriety while the wrong one may not produce the desired results.  Here are some questions to ask yourself that can help you find the best treatment facility.

  • How far do you have to travel to get to the treatment facility?
  • Do you require special accommodations for a disability?
  • What type of services does the facility offer?
  • How long would you be required to stay at the center if you elect for inpatient treatment?
  • Are friends and family allowed to visit?
  • What is the fee for services? What payment methods does the center accept?
  • Do you prefer a facility that caters to your religious beliefs?
  • What programs are required as part of your treatment?
  • Does the center offer referrals to other services after treatment?
  • Will the center help you transition to an addiction support group?

It is essential to thoroughly research the rehab facility before beginning treatment.  While most facilities are reputable and provide assistance, there are some facilities that have a poor track record or use unproven methods of treatment.  Use the Internet to find reviews of the center and learn about the quality of care you can expect to receive.  It is normal for any business to have a few negative reviews.  It is best to avoid treatment facilities that do not have a clear track record of success.

You should also check the reputation of the treatment specialist.  If the person provides medical or mental health services, they should be licensed.  This can usually be checked online at the licensing website of the state where the person is practicing.  You may need to call the state department that handles this type of licensing for information about a doctor or clinician.

A treatment facility should have their staff posted for all to see.  In house medical doctors, Master level and PhD level therapists are important.  A robust and well rounded clinical staff is worth its weight in gold.  If a facility does not have a clinical staff of the website, this is a red flag and more research should be done on the reputability of the facility.

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