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Painkiller Addiction Treatment

Painkiller addiction is one of the most common forms of substance dependence. Painkiller addiction treatment can be difficult to get started because it sneaks up on people; many don’t realize they are addicted until the prescription runs out. It’s a common enough occurrence that somebody who is recovering from surgery found that he or she likes the feeling of euphoria that comes with popping the pills. Over time, the tolerance builds up and so they increase the dosage. Soon, they are already hooked.

 

What types of painkillers are there?

Among the most common brand names that can cause painkiller addiction are:

Oxycodone:

  • Percodan
  • Roxiprin
  • Endodan
  • OxyContin
  • Roxicet
  • Endocet

Hydrocodone:

  • Vicodin
  • Dicodid
  • Hycodan
  • Anexsia
  • Hycomine
  • Lortab
  • Tussionex

 

Common Myths

As the opioid crisis grows in America, some myths have begun to spread regarding painkiller addiction:

 

Myth 1: Prescription Drugs Are Always Are Safe

They are safe, of course, but only when used exactly as prescribed. Hydrocodone and Oxycodone are cousins of heroin or morphine, so they are extremely addictive. As with any opiate, when abused, addiction or even overdose can occur. So, while they’re safe, it’s only under very controlled circumstances.

 

Myth 2: Painkillers Can Cure Your Pain

Doctors don’t really prescribe pain medication for long periods of time. This is because—hand-in-hand with the painkillers—they are working to cure the cause of the pain. Painkillers are intended only for short-term use in most cases. Once the acute pain is addressed, they are unnecessary, according to prevailing medical thought.

 

Myth 3: There’s No Withdrawal or Long-Term Side Effects

One of the misconceptions we see at Ranch Creek Recovery painkiller addiction treatment center is the idea that prescription drugs can’t cause withdrawal symptoms because they’re safe. However, as most painkillers are opium derivatives, addiction and withdrawal are very real concerns.

Among the symptoms are:

  • Nausea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Chills
  • Tremors
  • Sweating
  • Lightheadedness

 

Myth 4: You Don’t Need Painkillers at All

Reading all the dangers above can really make you scared about taking painkillers. While the dangers serve as a warning, not everybody is automatically addicted to prescribed opioids. It’s a short-term option for both doctors and patients. You would think that the doctor will only prescribe addictive painkillers when there’s no choice, and you would be right. The key issue is to use them as prescribed, and if there is a problem, to contact an expert at an addiction treatment center like Ranch Creek immediately.

 

Do You or Your Loved One Have Painkiller Addiction?

It’s time to seek help from Ranch Creek Recovery, a six-bed luxury drug addiction treatment center in Murrieta, CA. We offer 30-day, 60-day and 90-day residential non-12 step rehab programs for people who are addicted to painkillers and other drugs. After the detox, our personalized holistic treatment program also includes acupuncture, equine therapy, garden therapy, meditation and yoga, exercise, cognitive behavioral therapy and gong sound healing therapy. Call today to find out more.

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