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Opioid and Pain Killer Addiction Therapist

Opioid and Pain Killer Addiction Therapist in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah

As many as 2 million people in the United States are addicted to opioids. If you’ve ever been on pain killers because of chronic illness or surgery, and have to remain on the prescription for an extended period of time, you may start to feel like they’re no longer working. It’s not that the drugs aren’t effective, it’s that you’ve built up a tolerance. As such, you have to start taking a higher dosage and may gradually develop a dependence on the medication. Suddenly, you realize that you’re only taking the pills because without them, you go through withdrawal.

Some of the most common prescription painkillers that Utah residents, specifically Park City and Salt Lake City,  become addicted to, include:

  • Codeine
  • Darvocet
  • Demerol
  • Dilaudid
  • Fentanyl
  • Hydrocodone
  • Methadone
  • Morphine
  • Norco
  • Oxycodone
  • OxyContin
  • Percocet
  • Vicodin

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.

Opioid Use in Salt Lake City, Heber or Park City, Utah

 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.

Symptoms of Opioid and Pain Killer Dependency Include:

  • Frequently thinking about your medication and when to take it next
  • Taking more than what’s prescribed by your doctor
  • Changing physicians to keep getting new prescriptions
  • Stealing medication from family members, buying it online, or asking your friends for their leftover pills
  • Acting defensive or getting angry when someone approaches the subject to discuss it with you
  • Changes in personality and happiness, including appearance or hygiene
  • Being more sensitive to pain (hyperalgesia)

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.

Confidential Help for Pain Killer Addiction in Summit County, Utah

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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