Who Gets Addicted and Why?
Painkillers and Abuse
Commonly Abused Painkillers
Signs of a Painkiller Addiction
The signs of a painkiller addiction resemble an addiction to almost any other drug or alcohol. The individual that is addicted will go out of their way to acquire the drug no matter how much it costs or what risks they are taking. Studies now show that an exceptionally large percentage of crimes are committed by those attempting to fund their addiction or under the influence of prescription drugs. The addict may become irritable or even violent when they do not have access to their drugs. They may also carry out unsafe activities such as unprotected sex, driving under the influence, or binging on the substance for long periods.
What Kind of Help Is Out There?
With over 6 million Americans regularly abusing prescription medication, it is an unfortunate fact that relapse rates are relatively high. This is why anyone that is addicted to these drugs or has a loved one that is struggling with an addiction should have a long-term plan for sobriety. If the addiction is severe or has taken place for an extended amount of time, then a detox period may be necessary. Detox will generally last for a minimum of a few days, but the withdrawal effects will almost always carry over into the second or third week. Patients often describe “flu” like symptoms such as insomnia, irritability, goosebumps, cold sweats, nausea, and vomiting.
It is vital for everyone to have a plan for transitioning into a long-term rehabilitation program. These may be comprised of of inpatient programs, outpatient services, or a mixture of these options. Inpatient programs are much more effective and will last for anywhere from 30 to 90 days. The individual will then be able to create a support group as they rebuild a life free from prescription painkiller abuse.