People tend to consider prescription painkillers an inherently “safe” drug, because when used properly, they’re legal. But even when used as directed, painkillers can still negatively affect your body and lead to addiction.
So why is painkiller abuse becoming increasingly common? Painkillers are a form of opioids. And opioids are highly addictive, meaning the risk of abuse is high. That’s why painkillers are typically only prescribed when other treatments and pain medications don’t work.
Since there is a “right way” to take prescription painkillers, the line between proper use and abuse can be a little harder to draw. Here are 3 questions to ask yourself when determining if you might be addicted.
How painkiller use can affect your physical health (even when used correctly):
Because of the strength of prescription painkillers, an individual can become physically dependent without actually being addicted. This means that even if someone is taking their medications as prescribed, it’s possible that they will suffer the same physical withdrawal symptoms as someone who is addicted. Withdrawal symptoms related to painkiller addiction include:
Above all it’s important to keep in mind that if you’re experiencing these withdrawal symptoms and showing some of the classic signs of abuse outlined above, you might be suffering from addiction and need some help in controlling your use.
If you think you might have a problem with prescription painkillers, contact Cycles of Change Recovery Services today. Our addiction recovery center in California is designed to help you gain the knowledge, courage, and determination you need to maintain a drug-free lifestyle so you can flourish as a productive and functioning member of your family and society. From day one each step, each treatment program will be created around you and your individual needs to ensure you reach your goal of recovery. Facing your addiction alone can be overwhelming. We’re here to help. Fill out this form or call us today at 9494847451