What is Painkiller Addiction?
Painkiller Addiction (noun): 1) Psychological and physiological substance dependence to pharmalogical pain relievers.
From Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Painkiller Addiction is a major problem affecting millions of individuals in North America, growing the demand for drug rehab, but there is not much awareness about the magnitude of the problem. Due to the nation having a major problem with other illicit drugs (like cocaine, marijuana, cocaine), prescription drug abuse has not been a major priority for both the health and legal professionals.
The non-medical use or abuse of prescription drugs is escalating and has become a major public health issue. Every single day, there are reports of deaths being reported from accidental overdose of prescription drugs. In most cases, the individual was abusing multiple prescription drugs.
Even though many of these prescription drugs have beneficial uses in clinical medicine, for some unknown reason(s), the abuse of a wide variety of prescription drugs will soon surpass smoking as the number one health problem in America. Hundreds of internet sites sell these drugs without a prescription. These drugs may relieve anxiety and pain, but when abused they can be lethal and just as addictive as other illicit drugs like cocaine.
Symptoms of Painkiller Addiction
- Physical warning signs of Painkiller Addiction.
- Bloodshot eyes or pupils that are larger or smaller than usual.
- Changes in appetite or sleep patterns. Sudden weight loss or weight gain.
- Deterioration of physical appearance and personal grooming habits.
- Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing.
- Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination.
Behavioral signs of Painkiller Addiction.
- Drop in attendance and performance at work or school.
- Unexplained need for money or financial problems. May borrow or steal to get it.
- Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors.
- Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies.
- Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities).
Psychological warning signs of Painkiller Addiction.
- Unexplained change in personality or attitude.
- Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts.
- Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness.
- Lack of motivation; appears lethargic or “spaced out.”
- Appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid, with no reason.
Who’s at risk?
You are… as well as everyone else you know.
If you are visiting this site because you have concerns for a friend or loved one, you are probably going to see what’s going on long before they do. People who are addicted do not necessarily see the whole picture.
Another problem is simply that addicts see their behavior as your problem. Even if they are in trouble and need help, they believe the problem is not with them, but with everybody else. Even if you are correct in assessing a drug addiction, understand that the addict will blame you for accusing them. Think of it this way, your relationship with them may be the key to their recovery.
If they pull away from you and others, it could lead to their falling deeper into addiction. We encourage you to seek professional counsel from a drug addiction therapist, or a physician if you think there is a problem. Please don’t wait too long!
Let Solutions Recovery help you with your Painkiller Addiction!
Our trained and caring counselors and therapists have a variety of treatment modalities available to help you. Individual, family, and group therapy may be helpful in conjunction with medications, coping and management techniques, and other methods.
Treatment is tailored for your unique personality and needs.
It’s important to seek help with Painkiller Addiction from the professionals at Solutions Recovery.