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What Are The Signs of Being Addicted To Pain Medication?

If either you or a loved one has faced a serious surgery or were injured in an accident, there is a good chance that well-meaning doctors prescribed some form of opioid painkiller to help make recovery a bit easier. Unfortunately, many of those painkillers that contain oxycodone or hydrocodone can be highly addictive. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 2 million Americans suffer from an addiction to painkillers that include such commonly prescribed drugs as Oxycontin and Vicodin.

Warning Signs of Addiction

Those who have developed a dependency upon painkillers often display the following signs or symptoms of the problem. If you recognize any of these behaviors in yourself or your loved ones who are taking prescription pain medication, then you shouldn’t hesitate to reach out for help.

  • Doctor Shopping: If you find yourself looking for different doctors to write prescriptions for the painkiller after the original prescribing doctor has declared the medication is no longer necessary, then you should suspect a serious addiction is forming. Resorting to buying your painkiller of choice off of the street is also a certain sign of dependency.
  • Inability to Function: Most people require a higher dosage of their painkiller to get the same effect as time goes on, and that often leads to large amounts of the medication being taken. This can make you lethargic and sleepy and unable to get to work on time, take care of your children’s needs or even care for yourself properly.
  • Physical and Mental Difficulties: Those who abuse pain medication may become increasingly confused, disoriented and completely lose any normal coordination. You may also suffer from constipation and nausea.

You Can Beat This Addiction

Those who find themselves facing an addiction to painkillers often struggle to simply get through each day, but it is possible to put this difficult time behind you with professional help from our substance abuse treatment program. Contact us today, and we’ll get you into the best program to fit your needs so that you can soon begin again with a brand-new, sober start.

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