Painkiller Addiction Treatment
Prescription Painkillers are a Leading Causes of Death in the U.S.
Painkillers are for people who endure severe pain. Whether it is immediately after surgery or an accident, or a recurring pain that continues long after the medication is prescribed, painkillers are addictive and dangerous. Painkillers are generally opiates with similar effects to Heroin, Morphine, and Codeine.
How Painkiller Addiction Evolves
It starts with a need to ease the physical pain. This is quickly taken care of with the opiate pain killers but comes with a bonus: it relieves mental pain too. The use of painkillers continues to subdue the physical pain, but as the physical pain begins to subside, the psychological distress continues to grow. Withdrawal symptoms of depression, mood swings, and anxiety torment the user until they take another dose. The user develops a dependency and can no longer feel normal without the opiates. Their brain stops releasing the chemicals needed and the amount of medication the user takes continues to increase. Very soon the individual finds his or herself trapped in a serious addiction.
Common Behaviors of Painkiller Addicts
The signs may not be so clear to the untrained eye, but the side effects of addiction are common among opiate users and can be identified by paying careful attention. Below is a list of symptoms to look out for if you suspect an addiction.
- Mood Swings
- Dilated Pupils
- Excessive sweating
- A recent Injury that could have resulted in prescribed painkillers
- Co-occurring conditions making them prone to substance abuse
It is important to find treatment at the first signs of an addiction to painkillers. Sprout Health Florida has a group of experienced health professionals that are experts in treating addiction to opiates and painkillers. It starts with a thorough evaluation, then continues with a thoughtfully planned detox process that is uniquely designed for each patient to ensure the most comfortable methods of dealing with the withdrawal symptoms.
Most importantly, we focus on the tools that will help patients carry out a healthy lifestyle after treatment. One of the successful tools we use is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This type of therapy trains patients how to manage the stressors that come their way without the need to resort to their addiction.
Call Sprout Health Florida if you know someone who has become addicted to painkillers and needs help.