It’s a shame painkillers are getting a bad rap due to the current prescription painkiller addiction epidemic. The truth is painkillers provide a very important medical service. Unfortunately, pain relief is pleasantly intoxicating, and opiates are highly addictive. If someone has crossed the line and started self-medicating in violation of their prescription, they might have an addiction. To be sure, we are offering the following information to help people recognize the signs of painkiller addiction.
Why People Abuse Painkillers
As we indicated above, some people are prone to going off-script and abusing their prescription medications. If they are doing so because of persisting pain issues, it’s understandable why they think taking pills more often will help. Unfortunately, the process of overusing painkillers merely speeds up the onset of addiction to those drugs.
Persisting pain issues are not always the problem. Instead, the user might also simply enjoy the effects of the drugs. They take them to get high. That’s very dangerous and also highly inappropriate. It’s one thing for someone to succumb to pain, but quite another when they succumb to poor judgment.
Finally, recreational drug users delight in finding substances that give them euphoria. They buy the drugs on the streets and take them as they see fit. These are the folks we typically see in our opioid addiction rehab center in Chicago IL. They seem to thrive in addiction until their lives fall apart.
The Signs of Painkiller Addiction
Experts have gone to great lengths to alert people about the dangers of opiate addiction. However, if you are going to help yourself or a loved one, you need to recognize the signs of painkiller addiction. The signs can be either physical or behavioral, here’s a consolidated list of the most recognizable signs:
- “Doctor shopping” to secure more prescriptions
- Obsession with buying painkillers on the streets or finding money for drugs
- Neglecting responsibilities
- Constant need to sleep
- Withdrawing from personal relationships
- Declining hygiene
- Financial problems
The Gateway Foundation – A Non-Profit Addiction Treatment Organization
With treatment center all over the US, the Gateway Foundation proudly stands as a premier addiction treatment organization. Our Chicago facility maintains residential and outpatient options and is proud to offer gender-specific programs. We also cater to the LBGTQ community. As a point of reference, here’s a partial list of our programs and services:
- Inpatient and outpatient treatment with 12-Step program influences
- Dialectical and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Medication-Assisted Therapy
- Withdrawal management
- Sober living
- Certified Dual Diagnosis Enhanced treatment
If you are showing signs of painkiller addiction, your long-term well being is at risk. The last thing you want is to watch your life disintegrate under the weight of your painkillers. Instead, we want you to consider contacting us about our treatment options. When you are ready for help, please call us at 773.826.1916.