Not everyone who’s dependent on drugs or alcohol starts using solely to get high. In many cases, people fall into addiction without realizing it. This is especially true for those who are simply trying to manage pain. Unfortunately, when doctors prescribe pain medication for short-term use, these drugs have addictive potential. How does pain management relate to addiction? What can you or a loved one do to prevent a substance abuse problem?

A woman feels better thanks to pain managementThe Connection Between Pain Management and Addiction

Doctors often prescribe medication for pain. When a Client has surgery, experiences an injury, or has a chronic condition, these medications ease their suffering. For example, opioids are common medicines for treating physical discomfort.

However, problems do begin when a person becomes dependent on their medication. Some drugs, like Vicodin, are highly addictive. Because many drugs in the opioid category lead to addiction, doctors only recommend short-term use. Unfortunately, people may become dependent within a few short weeks.

As an individual continues taking painkillers, their tolerance increases. Soon, they have to take higher doses to feel the same effects. In addition, they might take their pills more often than a doctor recommends.

OxyContin is an opioid that produces euphoric effects. Often, people stop taking their medication orally. Instead, they may begin snorting or injecting it.

Finding the right kinda of treatment plan for pain, is also important,

Who Abuses Painkillers?

Anyone can abuse pain medication, including the person a doctor prescribes medication to as well as their family members.

Teenagers and young adults often have easy access to opioid medication. For example, their parents may keep pills at home. Unfortunately, young people can find potentially addictive substances right there in the medicine cabinet.

Others use pain management medication for the express purpose of getting high. They don’t have an illness or condition that requires medicine. Instead, they purchase illegal pills on the street or from acquaintances who have access to them.

Recognizing The Problem

When do you go from abuse to addiction? Some signs that you’ve become physically or psychologically dependent on pain management drugs include:

  • Doctor shopping, or looking for different physicians to write you prescriptions after your original doctor refuses to supply more
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Inability to control your usage despite wanting to cut back
  • Financial problems
  • Depression and anxiety

You don’t think you have an addiction because you have a nice home and a job. However, many people with addictions are successful, upwardly mobile people.

Don’t run the risk of losing everything, including your family and freedom. Treatment is always available for overcoming a pain medication dependence.

Reaching Sobriety with Driftwood Recovery

Driftwood Recovery is an addiction treatment program and pain treatment center that can help you rediscover a healthy, sober life.

Our facility rests on 85 acres of beautiful ranch land, giving you a peaceful environment to start recovery. You’ll meet with our caring professionals in individual and group therapy. In addition, we offer enjoyable amenities including aquatic therapy, biking, ropes courses, yoga, and hiking.

We provide substance abuse treatment programs for several drugs, including:

Chronic pain or addiction shouldn’t control your life. Take back control with help from Driftwood Recovery. We’re ready to walk with you on the road to recovery. Contact us today at 866-426-4694.