The Facts About Painkiller Addiction

There are many situations in life where an individual has an acute injury or a chronic condition that causes a significant amount of pain. These individuals turn to a doctor for help in managing the pain.

For many people, the use of prescription painkillers is the right choice. By following the doctor’s recommendations and only using the medications when necessary, they can be an effective option in pain management.

The Statistics
However, for some individuals, painkiller addiction becomes a very real problem. The use of these drugs, which typically include opioids, can result in addiction. It is estimated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse that between 4.7 and 8 million teens and adults abuse prescription pain medications, which is about 7% of the total population prescribed the medication.

While the initial use of the painkiller is to control the physical pain, it is the feeling of euphoria that drives people to begin to use the medication more often.

The Symptoms
The most common symptoms of painkiller addiction, particularly with medications such as oxycodone and hydrocodone include:

  • Constantly sleeping – falling asleep during the day or even in the middle of activities.
  • Constantly sick – constant headaches, nausea and flu-like symptoms can be a sign of withdrawal.
  • Social withdrawal – most people focus on the addiction and withdraw from family, friends and relationships.
  • Theft – an addiction to painkillers can be very costly. Theft from family and friends or even employers is very common as the addiction progresses. Most people with painkiller addiction constantly focus on their “meds.” They often hide the use or become very defensive if questioned about dosage. Most will not provide information about their doctor and may also be very evasive or have multiple explanations about ongoing use.

If you suspect an addiction to painkillers in a friend, family member or loved one, talk to the staff at The Drug and Alcohol Detox Clinic of South Mississippi. Give us a call today at 601-261-9101 for confidential information.

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