As we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, people tend to consider painkillers inherently “safe” drugs because when used properly, they’re legal. But even when taken exactly as prescribed, it’s easy to become dependent on opioids.
If you find yourself physically dependent on pain pills even though you’ve followed your doctor’s orders and done everything right, you might be able to stop taking pain pills on your own.
To learn more about how painkiller use can affect your physical health, click here.
“Almost no one starts taking prescription painkillers thinking that they’ll be taking them indefinitely. They just know they’re hurting and they want relief.” – Mark Sullivan, M.D. (Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle)
How do you know when it’s time to stop taking pain pills and start looking for alternative ways to deal with your pain? Ask yourself these questions:
So, you’ve decided you’re ready to try and stop taking pain pills on your own. Before you begin this journey, it’s highly recommended that you meet with your doctor and come up with a plan together. It will likely look something like this:
Everyone’s recovery plan will look a little different, so again, work with your doctor on the best approach for you.
The addictive nature of opioid pain pills increases the likelihood that you’ll experience some withdrawal symptoms when you decide to stop taking them (even if you go about it the right way). The following tips can help you feel better:
If you think you’re addicted to pain pills and want to stop taking them, you might need some additional help. That’s where we come in. 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 and treatment program will be created around you and your individual needs to ensure you reach your goal of recovery. Fill out this form or call today at (661) 630-4176.