Pill Dependency: The Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Pill Addiction

 Prescription pill addiction is a growing issue across the country. Towns that never used to have drug problems are overwhelmed by the recent explosion of individuals struggling with a dependency to prescription pills. Regardless of whether or not you were legally prescribed the pills or obtained them from friends, you can develop a mental and physical addiction that starts to take over your life. Pills that men and women can be at risk of becoming addicted to may include Oxycontin, oxycodone, Valium, Xanax, Adderall, Ritalin, Percocet, Hydrocodone, Ativan and more.

If you are concerned that you have developed a dependency on prescription pills, the following are signs and symptoms of addiction:

  • Do you try to get your doctor to prescribe you more pills even though you may not medically need them? Do you try to find doctors for the sole purpose of obtaining pills? Do you see multiple doctors without their knowledge so you can get more than what is generally prescribed?
  • Do you feel extremely anxious about running out of pills and spend an excessive amount of time, money and energy trying to make sure that doesn’t happen?
  • Do you take medication that isn’t prescribed to you? Do you search through the drawers and medicine cabinets of friends and family members to try to find pills?
  • Have you tried to quit using in the past but found that you could not? Do you experience withdrawal symptoms—such as nausea, headaches, muscle aches, cold chills, irritability and/or vomiting—if you attempt to abruptly stop using? Do you tell yourself that you want to stop but come up with excuses to use again?

 

If you are concerned that you have pill dependency, there is hope. There is a Solution is a free treatment referral service that specializes in finding appropriate treatment for men, women and teens struggling with various addictions and co-occurring disorders. Finding a drug and alcohol treatment center can be overwhelming, especially if you are new to the recovery process or trying to get a loved one into rehab. There is a Solution can walk you through the process of getting the help you need. With one phone call, we can tell you about a variety of treatment options and facilities.

Don’t allow your addiction to continue to dictate your life. Things don’t change unless you take the step to change them. Make the call today. You can reach us 24/7 at 1-800-832-5250.

Breaking the Chains: Treatment for Opiate Addiction

For some addicts, their addiction to opiates was a gradual process.  They may have been prescribed painkillers for an injury, but overtime their use started to spiral out of control. For others, the moment they tried opiates they knew they were in trouble.

 

 

 

What are opiates?

Opiates, a class of drugs also known as narcotics, act as painkillers. In higher doses, the user will experience a sense of extreme calm and euphoria. In a high enough dose, the user can experience respiratory failure and death. Opiates include both illicit street drugs like heroin and prescription drugs such as Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycodone and Methadone.

What does treatment for opiate addiction include?

Opiate addicts will develop both a mental obsession with the drug as well as a physical dependency on it. If they attempt to quit using on their own, they will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms generally include flu-like symptoms, such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, cold sweats, chills and muscle aches. Treatment for opiate addiction starts with a medically supervised detox. This is to ensure that you are safe and as comfortable as possible during the detox process. Doctors who specialize in addiction treatment will prescribe Suboxone or Subutex, detox medications that help to alleviate the discomfort associates with withdrawal. The detox process usually takes seven days to complete.

However, breaking the physical dependency to opiates is only the first step in treating opiate addiction. Addressing the underlying issues that are often associated with addiction and addictive behaviors is vital to the treatment process. Getting sober is one thing—learning to use the tools that are offered to you in treatment is what will help you maintain your sobriety and begin enjoying the gifts of a life not controlled by drugs and alcohol.

There is hope. There is a Solution is a free treatment referral service that works with men and women who are struggling to overcome an addiction to opiates. We are addictions professionals that can help you determine your treatment plan. Our goal is to make sure that the path you take in your journey towards recovery is the best one for you and your specific needs. We can provide you with accurate and detailed information about various treatment options and work with you to determine which facility would be right for you. We work with treatment centers that specialize in the treatment of opiate addictions that can offer you the medical and therapeutic support you need.

To learn more about our services at There is a Solution, call us today at 1-800-832-5250.