Opioid painkillers produce an extraordinary sense of wellbeing, but it is short lived and comes with an emotionally-taxing “interest payment” popularly known as addiction.
Chronic opioid painkiller abuse prompts the body to adapt to the opioid painkiller in such a way that abrupt cessation is followed by intolerable withdrawal symptoms.
The more opioid painkillers are taken, the more painkiller must be taken in order to achieve the same effects, a phenomenon known as painkiller tolerance, one of the hallmarks of painkiller addiction.
Opioid painkillers just mask the pain temporarily and slap the user with an unreasonable emotional and physical interest payment for lousy services rendered.
Opioid painkillers don’t “cure” anything.
Chronic use does in fact compel their victims to perceive withdrawal-misery in the form of:
- Muscle pain
- Bone pain
- Cold flashes with goose bumps
- Involuntary leg movements
One of the serious risks of opioids is respiratory depression—high doses can cause breathing to slow down to the point it stops and the user dies.
Signs of painkiller addiction:
- Preoccupation with painkiller medication
- Preoccupation with the next dose
- Preoccupation with the quantity at hand
- Preoccupied with the time of the next dose
- Attempting to go to more than one doctor for the same prescription
- Attempting to increase ones painkiller supply
- Lying to prescriber
- Telling different doctors different things
- Stealing painkillers
- Buying painkillers on the street
- Self-inflicted injuries in order to ask for painkillers
- Switching from pill painkillers to heroin and other non-pill painkiller forms
Painkiller Withdrawal Signs & Symptoms Include:
- Muscle aches
- Bone aches
- Abdominal cramping
- Dilated pupils
The first step towards recovery from painkillers includes the simultaneous introduction to painkiller detoxification and painkiller cognitive and behavioral related therapies and treatments.
This can be accomplished in the following ways:
- Residential treatment
- Intensive outpatient treatment (IOP)
- Seven to 10 days of prescribed Suboxone, if necessary, along with 90 Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings in 90 days
Regardless of the method chosen, the most important part of recovery is not detoxification.
Instead, the most important part of recovery is the non-detox portion of recovery, including:
- Crisis intervention or the ability to get seriously hurting substance abusers into treatment quickly
- Neuropsychiatric assessment to find out if emotional disorders such as post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety coexist along with the painkiller addiction
- Medical evaluation for any health problems which could compromise recovery
- Social evaluation to help determine how home and work life impact painkiller addiction
- Licensed therapists trained and experienced in various recognized methods of recovery-sensitive treatment
- Certified substance abuse counselors licensed by the state who may well be recovering or drug addicts themselves
- A strong self-help group orientation approves of AA and related self-help groups, help in introducing you to them, and encourage you to stick with them
- Drug screening is a must because we implicitly trust the recovering person, we don’t trust the disease
- Aftercare that focuses on keeping active in a support group, and helping strengthen relationships with family, friends, and co-workers, and assisting return to the workplace
- Continuing care that allows guests to find a balance between recovery and life
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out”
– Robert Collier
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