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What To Do If Your Loved One Is Abusing Painkillers

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Painkillers are widely used and highly addictive. However, many people who develop an addiction to painkillers have no intentions of abusing them and following doctor-prescribed medication directions. Often, in these cases, a person may be too embarrassed or ashamed to seek help on their own. Painkiller addiction treatment can help.

At A Better State, our team has experience treating painkiller addictions with discretion and compassion. We understand that addiction can come out of nowhere and ravage a life, and we’re passionate about helping people recover their lives and reclaim their health. So contact us today at 781.412.1488 if you or a loved one is struggling with painkiller addiction.

How to Detect Painkiller Abuse

Prescription painkillers have become a popular way to get high and are as dangerous as abusing illegal substances. Many people don’t realize that prescription painkillers can be addictive and lead to abuse. In addition to being highly addictive, painkillers also pose a significant risk for overdose.

Painkillers have been linked to health problems and adverse side effects that ravage the body. For example, painkillers can cause intense headaches, nausea, blurred vision, vomiting, and loss of balance.

If you suspect that your loved one is abusing painkillers, it’s helpful to know what they contain. Painkillers like codeine and fentanyl are two of the most commonly used drugs by people who are addicted. They are highly addictive and can cause extreme physical dependence within days or weeks. What’s more, these substances show high potential for abuse even at low doses. Overdose deaths from prescription opioids continue to increase year over year in the United States.

If you suspect that your loved one is abusing prescription painkillers, there are signs to look for:

  • Changes in mood and behavior
  • Increased focus on taking meds
  • Withdrawal from loved ones
  • Unexplained urgency concerning prescription refills
  • Lack of motivation to get well
  • Sudden changes in appetite or sleep patterns

Painkillers should never be used habitually or substitute for legitimate pain treatments. Prescription painkiller abuse can pose severe risks to the body and health.

How to Help Someone With a Painkiller Addiction

We live in a country where prescription painkillers are easily accessible, and they are often abused by people who do not have a prescription. The good news is that there are some things you can do to help your loved one get off of these medications without causing additional harm.

Talk with your loved one about their drug use before it’s too late. It may make sense to have an open-ended conversation with your loved one. Share your concerns honestly and openly. Notice how they respond to you. If they respond with defensiveness and anger can be indicators of an addiction.

Suppose your loved one seems like they might have a problem with addiction and abusing prescription painkillers. In that case, it’s best to get them to help immediately by contacting their doctor so that he can evaluate whether they’re addicted to opioids and abusing these medications in an attempt to dull/cure their pain(s).

The good news is that rehab centers often have programs specifically made for treating opioid dependency. These programs are available through many hospitals, treatment centers, and private rehab facilities.

Contact A Better State Today for Addiction Support

It is essential to get help if you or someone you love is abusing prescription painkillers. At A Better State, we have a proven track record of helping people heal from the pain of addiction and reclaim their lives. From detox to 12-step programs, we have it all, and we can help you decide on and stick with the best treatment plan for your situation. Contact us today at 781.412.1488.