Painkiller addiction is one of the most deadly disease plaguing Americans today. Over the past couple of decades, with the increase in prescriptions for painkillers like OxyContin, Percocet, hydrocodone, oxycodone and others, more and more patients have developed a painkiller addiction that requires treatment. Below are 10 things that you need to know to best help yourself make the right decision in terms of painkiller rehab.
1. Painkillers are addictive even when taken as prescribed.
Taking any painkiller for any length of time will most likely lead to the development of a tolerance and physical dependence upon the drug. If this occurs in conjunction with psychological cravings, then painkiller rehab is necessary.
2. Taking painkillers and alcohol together is dangerous.
Many patients mix their painkiller prescription with alcohol believing that, since both substances are legal, they must be safe. Wrong. The two combined are a deadly mix and often result in overdose.
3. Abusing a painkiller prescription in any way is a sign of painkiller addiction.
Some patients crush the drug before taking it. Others take more than prescribed or take their prescribed dose more often than prescribed. Still others get double prescriptions for the same illness from different doctors illegally. Any of these abuses can be caused by or lead to painkiller addiction and/or overdose.
4. Painkiller overdose is a risk no matter how long you’ve been taking your prescription.
Many patients believe that they are able to control their body’s response to painkillers if they have been taking their prescription for a long period. Not so. Painkiller overdose is just as common in long-time users as it is in new users who are unfamiliar with the drug and its effects.
5. Painkiller addiction is treatable.
Painkiller detox and painkiller addiction treatment programs can provide the medical and psychological care that patients need to successfully fight a painkiller addiction for the long-term.
6. Painkiller detox in a medical facility is the safest way to stop taking pills.
It is not recommended to try to stop taking a painkiller prescription at home alone. Instead, choose a reliable and safe medical detox program staffed by opiate detox specialists.
7. Painkiller detox must be followed by painkiller addiction treatment.
Painkiller detox is not a full treatment for addiction in and of itself. Psychological addiction treatment is required to address the psychological cravings that define addiction.
8. Painkiller addiction treatment must be followed by aftercare services.
Choosing sober living services, personal therapy and/or 12-step meetings after painkiller rehab will help patients to avoid relapse.
9. Emotional support throughout painkiller rehab will help you to fight addiction.
Close friends and family members can provide support to help patients stay focused on their goals in recovery.
10. Learning new ways to fight pain will help you to avoid painkiller addiction relapse.
Those patients who are generally struggling with chronic pain when they develop a painkiller addiction will benefit from finding non-addictive, holistic methods for treating and diminishing pain without abusing drugs and alcohol.
Painkiller Addiction Treatment is Available at Michael’s House
Here in Palm Springs, California, we offer a comprehensive and holistic painkiller rehab program that incorporates 12-step treatment as well as a number of alternative therapies and healing processes.
Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you fight painkiller dependence.