As a nurse I’ve learned a lot about pain killer addiction and in this article I will include some of the most important tips. If you’re hooked on prescription pain killers now or think you may be you can do something about it successfully. You can get off these pain medications, many people have.
More than likely you are taking them to alleviate a pain problem or started taking them after surgery for post-surgical pain and continued to take more and more as the pain progressed and you needed something stronger and before you know it you had a difficult time stopping them.
If that’s the case, don’t worry you can stop the abuse to your body. Thousands of people have become addicted this way and have successfully gotten rid of their addictions.
Although the addiction to pain pills is more than likely accidental it requires some research and work on your part to understand how they work, how it happened, what you can do about it and prevent it from happening again. Thankfully there is much more research available today on the nature of addictions and hundreds of treatment programs for those that need. it. Support groups can be helpful also as many others who are going through it or have gone through it can offer up suggestions on what has worked for them or is working for them.
The fact that pain killers are prescribed so frequently and are often taken without adequate warnings, it’s easy to end up addicted when you are having serious pain and nothing to be ashamed of. Once you’ve worked through the pain and realized what has happened you can make a serious effort to get off the pain pills. Sometimes this can be a relatively short period of time. Sometimes the pain is so severe that dosages are increased without thought or concern about pain killer addiction. This can happen with opioids, narcotics, and common pain killers such as Vicodin and OxyContin (oxycodone). There comes a point when you may feel you can’t do without them whether the pain persists or not.
Sometimes getting rid of a pain pill addiction can easily be overcome with treatment at home – just throwing away the pills. Sometimes tapering may be the solution. Try to increase your production of endorphins, your natural pain killers. In any case you’ll want to get professional help and can start with your family doctor first. If the addiction is more of a problem then you may need to contact a pain addiction treatment center or clinic for help directly.
Your local health agencies may be able to help you get information and into a free or reduced price or low cost pain killer addiction treatment center or clinic. Perhaps you will only need outpatient treatment. In some cases you may need inpatient treatment. Both will include psychological support.
In any event you can completely recover in a relatively short period of time. The most important thing you can do is recognize that you have become addicted to pain pills and start taking some action NOW. You can do it. Pain killer addiction whether to OxyContin, Vicodin, Morphine, Codeine (or any other prescription pain pill) can be overcome but you must take action! Do it now! You can do it!