Prescription Painkillers Can Lead to Addiction
When a person goes from prescription painkillers to drug addiction it is easy to understand the issue. The pain bone connects to the doctor bone to the opioid bone which can lead to addiction. Once it takes over, a whole new pain begins which can last a long time.
Americans are not necessarily experiencing more pain. The fact is more Americans are prescribed more pain medication according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The United States is the world’s largest consumer of prescription opioids, but Americans are not having less pain. They are experiencing an epidemic of substance use disorders.
Visiting the doctor is usually the last place people want to go unless it comes to pain. Pain demands immediate relief. Opium has been used and abused for a long time. Derivatives, natural or synthetic, have been used to decrease suffering for a long time. All have the same basic mechanisms of action. Effective painkillers and sage uses are a blessing when pain gets bad. Some commonly prescribed opioids include:
Opioids are potent medications prescribed to relieve severe, acute pain from surgery or trauma and in terminal cases of end-stage disease. The side effects and risks are well-known facts. The use of opioids for treatment of chronic, nonmalignant pain became acceptable and encouraged. So the epidemic began spiralling out of control.
Due to how opioids work in the brain and body, addiction can develop quickly. Genetics affect how people metabolize opioids and how drugs make a person feel. Other factors include the rates at which people become addicted but humans are all susceptible. Heroin addiction has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and often begins with prescription opioid use. When prescriptions can no longer be obtained, addicted individuals turn to illicit ways to obtain medication. The prices for painkillers are very high and many turn to heroin for relief of withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol and other drugs may act on opioid receptors so addiction can lead to taking drink or drugs where available and it continues to cycle out of control.
Some tips to help quell the tide of opioid addiction may look something like this. Patients who do not want to take painkillers may feel more comfortable talking to health care provider about the medication and alternatives. The purpose should be clear as it is prescribed for certain uses only. When taking drugs it is important to:
- Try exercise or other non medical treatments with drugs
- Use non-narcotics
- Understand tapering of doses
- Avoid regular, daily use
- Forego refills when possible
- Even if it is prescribed doesn’t mean it must be taken
Many sufferers of addiction to painkillers find solace in the journey towards recovery with others. Looking for a place that is supportive of healing from addiction is key to getting on the road to recovery.
Blueprints provides a pathway back to health and helps restore individuals from addiction to recovery. Call us to find out how to get started on a program to overcome addiction.