These medications can be very effective if used in hospital settings, for treating pain, or recovery of other addictions, but they can also lead to addiction themselves. The National Institute on Drug Abuse director has said that as many as 7% of people who are prescribed narcotics or opioids for their pain will become addicted.
Natural and synthetic opioids can both contribute to addiction because of the “feel good” endorphins they release when they’re taken. Although the effects are usually ones of relaxation, it can be too severe to work or drive.
Gradually, more destructive patterns such as lying or stealing become evident. Some people switch to heroin use, because of how much cheaper and easier it is to get. Or, they combine the painkiller with alcohol or over the counter medication, leading to life-risking side effects, such as unconsciousness, vomiting, restricted breathing, and death.
If you’ve found that you’re “doctor shopping” in the Salt Lake City or Summit County, Utah areas, or reaching out to friends to get the pain killers that you need, it’s time to seek out professional help to overcome your opioid addiction.
And finally? Being on your pain medicine for a long time. Prescription strength pain pills aren’t meant for extended use. You could be putting your life at risk.
At The Dell Center for Therapy, we understand the shame, embarrassment, and struggles that opioid and painkiller addiction can cause. We’re here to help you in a confidential and non-confrontational manner, rather than judge you. This disease isn’t something you can treat on your own; but with the help of professionals you can overcome it.
Trying to get off of a medication “cold turkey” isn’t usually successful. It can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms that make it impossible to fulfill family or professional commitments. Anything from pain and diarrhea to agitation or twitching are normal. We work closely with you and your other medical providers to address the psychological impact that painkiller dependency has.
During the course of your drug addiction therapy, we’ll discuss other factors that may be playing into your medication use. Being able to uncover these challenges and address them head-on can help you to find out the root cause of your opioid use, giving you a better chance of recovery.
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