Addiction to painkillers is a growing problem in the United States. While more and more people are dealing with it, painkiller addiction remains highly misunderstood and stigmatized. When a doctor prescribes narcotic painkillers, it may be to treat pain after a surgery, pain caused by an autoimmune disease or cancer, or any other major cause of pain. Going through an experience that causes intense pain can be traumatizing in itself and can trigger addictive tendencies and abuse of painkillers.
It’s important to remember that if you or a loved one are dealing with painkiller addiction, you’re not alone, and it doesn’t make anyone a “failure” to admit to having an addiction. In fact, it is one of the most important steps anyone can take towards recovery and a better future.
At Rockland Recovery, our painkiller addiction treatment program can help people who want to begin their recovery journeys. But, how exactly can a painkiller addiction treatment center help?
How Can Painkiller Addiction Treatment Centers Help?
Most of those suffering from painkiller addiction will probably need residential treatment so that they can be closely monitored to allow the body to detox and remain stable. Also, painkiller addiction treatment provides psychological respite and new perspectives that can help. At Rockland Recovery, our painkiller addiction treatment center proudly supports clients in finding individualized plans that work for them. Some of the programs at Rockland Recovery include:
- Our medically-assisted treatment gives clients safe and comfortable experiences throughout detox, mitigating the risk of relapse. In addition, this can reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings, making it easier to move on to the next step of recovery.
- The Rockland Recovery therapists and counselors help strengthen clients’ mental states and give healthy outlets for self-expression and reflection. Our center prioritizes treating each individual as a whole rather than trying to rush through medical treatments without addressing underlying stresses, trauma, or co-occurring conditions.
- Our individualized outpatient programs support continued sober living. If needed, clients can stay in one of our sober living homes, which include separate men’s and women’s programs and a 12-step recovery approach if it is suitable for the individual. We have both day and night programs for IOP to provide flexibility in scheduling.
- We also offer scholarship options for those who may need financial assistance, as many who require an addiction treatment center decide not to go because of the cost.
When Is it Time to Find Help?
If a doctor has prescribed painkillers to you or your loved one, it’s important to take these medications as directed. However, some people continue to use painkillers long after the original cause for the prescription has passed. Others may also find themselves needing higher doses of the painkiller to feel the euphoric effects as the body gains tolerance.
Addiction to painkillers can lead to physical changes and symptoms that can be life-threatening. Some of the signs of painkiller addiction include:
- Recurrent and intrusive thoughts surrounding abused painkillers
- Taking different amounts of the painkiller than what is prescribed, including taking the medication more frequently or in higher doses
- Getting drugs from more than one source, using the internet or others’ prescriptions to boost supply
- Stealing drugs from family or friends
- Hurting oneself so that a new prescription will be given at a doctor’s office
- Changes in ability to control mood swings
- Changes in personal hygiene
- Changes in sleep and eating habits
If you recognize these signs of painkiller addiction in yourself or someone you care about, help is available at Rockland Recovery.
Heal from Painkiller Addiction with Help from Rockland Recovery
Finding a way out of a painkiller addiction comes with challenges that may seem overwhelming to contemplate. The good news is that at Rockland Recovery, our team of professionals stands ready to fight alongside each client to find a path to recovery and sober living. Contact us online today or call 855.732.4842 to reach our non-judgmental and compassionate staff.