Millions of people in the United States struggle with painkiller abuse. The use of painkillers usually starts with a prescription after a surgery or procedure. They do not cure pain, but they mask it. Opioid painkillers also give the user a short sense of euphoria. Using painkillers over the long-term can lead to physical dependence. This means that the body will undergo withdrawal symptoms if use stops abruptly. Promises Behavioral Health has found withdrawal symptoms to include insomnia, restlessness, sweating, chills, involuntary leg movement, diarrhea, fever, and aches. The symptoms can be hard to deal with without help from a painkiller addiction treatment center. Without help, the user usually tries to get more. Substance abuse treatment programs help you break free from the cycle of addiction.
Dangers of Abusing Painkillers
An addiction to painkillers can become dangerous very quickly. The body can build up a higher tolerance to the drug. This means that higher doses will be needed to get the same effect. Overdose is a potential outcome, as well as risky behaviors to try to get more pills. Respiratory depression is another danger. Breathing can slow down so much after taking high doses of painkillers that the user could die. Other effects of long term use of painkillers include:
- Weakened immune system
- Liver or kidney disease or failure
- Cardiovascular problems
- Issues with the gastrointestinal system
The dangers are very real, but this dependence can be managed with the help of a painkiller addiction treatment center. Promises Behavioral Health has locations all over the country. No matter where you are, there is help available.
Signs that a Loved One is Abusing Painkillers
Many people who are abusing painkillers feel ashamed and try to hide their addiction. A family member may seem distant and like they are keeping secrets. Their social behavior will also likely change. Those abusing painkillers will often isolate themselves and not feel like participating in sports, clubs, or other social engagements. It is difficult to concentrate and intoxicated individuals feel tired and unmotivated. Their job or school performance is often affected. A person abusing painkillers looks tired and has pupils that are constricted even in dim light. Their speech will likely slur during a high, have droopy eyes, be flushed, and have itching of the arms, legs, or stomach. Withdrawal symptoms are also a way to tell that a loved one is abusing painkillers and needs the help of a painkiller addiction treatment center. Although a medical drug detox center may be the first stop.
Recovery at a Painkiller Addiction Treatment Center
When entering a painkiller addiction treatment program at Promises Behavioral Health, each person is treated as an individual. It all starts with a thorough examination to determine the best treatment plan. Dual diagnosis treatment is available to address both mental illness and substance abuse if needed. Medication-assisted treatment can be used during the detox process and clients will participate in both individual and group therapy sessions. Families can also begin to heal with the help of a painkiller addiction treatment center. Life can get back to normal with a little help.
Promises Behavioral Health offers a variety of services to best treat all clients at their painkiller addiction treatment center. These include:
- 12 step support groups
- Art therapy program
- Couples counseling program
- Equine-assisted psychotherapy
- Craniosacral therapy program
- Cognitive behavioral therapy program (CBT)
Come out of the shadows and get your life and family back with the help of a painkiller addiction treatment center. Contact us to take control of your health and mend broken relationships. Call 844.875.5609 to speak with the caring staff at Promises Behavioral Health. A new beginning will be waiting on the other side of the line.