WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN BATTLING PAINKILLER ADDICTION
- July 14, 2018
Individuals take painkillers either to address chronic pain or just to get high. In either situation, users can develop an addiction as a result. Depression often riddles painkiller addicts, affecting 10% of all users.
Doctors have not yet been able to determine if the use of painkillers is the cause of depression or if genetics, abuse, or illness are the underlying reasons for it in users. Either way, combining painkillers with a depressive state is a recipe for trouble.
Painkillers are one of the leading causes of drug-related overdoses each year. You know that these medications are not good for you and you finally want to take control of your life. You are now ready to fight this demon that has been bringing you down for so long.
And you are terrified.
The fear of going through withdrawal and being sick is enough to turn off any thought of overcoming addiction. You don’t want to feel sick and you cannot fathom the thought of going the rest of your life battling cravings for painkillers. If these fears are holding you back from recovery, chances are you do not truly understand what treatment has to offer.
Yes, it is true that going without painkillers can cause an array of withdrawal symptoms to occur. Some of the most common symptoms addicts experience are:
- Problems sleeping
- Nausea and vomiting
- Depression and anxiety
At Asana Recovery, we work with patients going through painkiller withdrawal daily. A reliable detox program is one that helps keep you calm and comfortable as your body adjusts to being clean.
At the same time, treatment involves treating depression, anxiety, pain, or mental health-related issues that may have caused you to turn to painkillers to begin with. A therapist will work with you step-by-step toward recovery. This trained professional will help you develop skills for coping with painful situations in your life and work toward finding resolutions.
Programs should offer one-on-one therapy as well as group therapy for addicts. Through group therapies, addicts benefit by socializing with their peers, discussing leaving with addiction, work together in developing safety nets and skills to resist addiction, and provide support to each other emotional.
In addition to therapies, addicts are often introduced to the fun and healthy activities. Music and art therapy are often used to distract the mind and allow addicts to express their thoughts and feelings creatively. Nature walks, swimming, and other physical activities are often employed to help addicts find a sense of calm and happiness without using drugs.
Reliable drug treatment programs focus on helping a person overcome addiction by addressing their overall health both physically and emotionally. Addicts find it best to heal before moving forward as this generally allows them to take control of their life and do so firmly as they continue ahead on their journey.
Battling a painkiller addiction is painful, but overcoming it is possible. Call us today at (949) 416-3341 to get started today.