Painkillers, such as opioids, work to provide relief to people struggling with acute or chronic pain. Those experiencing this level of pain often find themselves unable to go even a day without taking medications. In some cases, dependence and addiction drive their use of painkillers. When the signs of painkiller abuse are present, it’s critical to learn about the options for drug rehab. Not doing so could mean you’re at risk for long-term complications and even early death. Symetria Recovery wants to help you get back on the right track with our prescription drug rehab.
Common Signs of Painkiller Abuse
It’s a fine line to walk when you feel like you need access to painkillers due to limited mobility, pain from an injury, or chronic pain that doesn’t improve. Addiction can happen to those using prescriptions, but it is most common in those misusing them. Some of the most common signs of addiction and dependency include:
- An increasing need to use the drug, often feeling like the drug wears off too soon
- Needing to use more of the drug at one time to get relief, a condition called tolerance
- Using painkillers from other people or purchasing illegal substances like heroin to deal with withdrawal
- Struggling to get through the day without thinking about the next dose or using often
- Using the drug without a prescription
Another way to see the difference is to consider what happens when you do not use the drug. You may have pain. Do you also have agitation? Do you struggle to sleep? Do you have pain in other areas than where your injury occurred? These are signs that you may need professional help to stop using, such as the treatment programs at Symetria Recovery.
Opioids vs. Opiates – Both Carry Risks
Opioids and opiates are two terms often used interchangeably, though they are different. Opiates refer to those opioid-like drugs that are natural. This includes drugs such as morphine, heroin, and codeine. Opioids, on the other hand, is a term used to describe all types of these drugs, whether they are natural, synthetic, or semisynthetic. What’s most important to remember is that none of these drugs should be used more than absolutely necessary and generally only for a short amount of time.
These drugs carry the risk of dependence. Because they interact with the opioid receptors in the brain, these drugs create a sense of euphoria, not just pain relief. Over time, your body may become used to that feeling and you develop intense cravings. When this happens, it is challenging for a person to stop using the drug without medical intervention. Even if you think you are just using the drug to deal with pain, the mental dependence created can be devastating.
Getting Support for Painkiller Addiction
Without treatment, painkiller addiction worsens, especially as a person begins to need more of the drug than ever, increasing the risk of overdose. You can put a stop to this by turning to Symetria Recovery. We offer a comprehensive program to assist you in no longer needing to use these drugs. You can reclaim your life, even as hard as that may seem right now.
Some of our programs include:
- Outpatient treatment
- Intensive outpatient programs
- Medication-assisted treatment
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Relapse prevention programs
Explore the Treatment Options at Symetria Recovery
Seeing the signs of painkiller abuse is devastating to many people. However, it also represents an opportunity to embrace treatment. At Symetria Recovery, our team provides a comprehensive treatment plan to address your specific needs in a meaningful, effective, and positive way. There’s no reason to wait. We can often help you the same day – and in most cases, you’ll start to feel better right away, too. Learn more about our treatment options for painkillers by calling 855.282.4819 or connecting with us now online.