An article by the NIH states that one reason people start using drugs is to feel good.
One of the scariest things about opioids is that your doctor might prescribe them for a legitimate reason.
Maybe you have chronic pain.
Maybe you had an accident.
Whatever it is, there are legitimate reasons to have an opioid prescription.
In this case, you are in enough pain to where opioids can help you feel ok.
The issue is when the prescription does not fit the injury or cause.
Sometimes people are given prescriptions when they do not need them.
They receive prescriptions that are too high a dose or not the right amount.
For example, maybe you are given a 30-day prescription when you only need a 3-day prescription.
The NIH lists ways that people can abuse opioids:
- Taking someone else’s prescription medicine
- Taking medicine for the effect, it causes (to get high)
- Taking medicine in a way or dose other than prescribed
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How Opioid Addiction Sneaks Up on You
I remember when I had my wisdom teeth removed in high school, and I received Vicodin for 30 days. I do not think I took any of the pills and ended up selling them to people at school. Sadly, a lot of people might have these stories.
There are other ways that addiction can start. People in your household can contribute to starting an addiction. A friend I knew got addicted because his sister started giving him pills.
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He had an opioid addiction, and he was in sixth grade. In his 30s and after a track record of getting in trouble, he finally found a way to function, but not without suboxone.
People with chronic pain or that undergo painful surgeries are especially susceptible to opioids. Opioids can be just as helpful as harmful in some cases. My uncle had to amputate his leg due to blood clotting. He was a lifelong smoker, and after the surgery, they prescribed him opioids. Once those ran out, he started to use alcohol after a lifetime of being sober to deal with his pain.
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The Dangers of Opioid Addiction
There is a real danger to people in these situations if there is no proper support. Or proper meds. Too much is dangerous, and so is not enough. People will find a way to self-medicate if they do not get what they need for pain. Some people become addicted to opioids with a prescription, and when they lose access, they turn to heroin. With the stronger crackdown on opioids, there was a rise in street heroin.
The point in sharing these stories is that people do not grow up wanting to be an opioid addict. It is not a dream, nor is it planned. It sneaks up on you. It is confusing that a doctor would prescribe opioids that could ultimately harm you and ruin your life. It is baffling that the same thing you take for unbearable pain can cause you unbearable pain.
It is confusing that someone you trust might suggest that you do something you know to be harmful. Sometimes you cannot prevent the things that happen to you. You can find ways to avoid them. If you find yourself in a situation where you are going down a bad road, there are plenty of ways to get help. Speaking with a professional would be a good start and expressing concern to loved ones.
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Ask Your Doctor About Opioids and Addiction
It is important to take the time to ask your physician about the effects of the medication they prescribe to you. You need to ask yourself if I need these powerful painkillers or can I use something less powerful. Just because a doctor wants to give you an opioid painkiller does not mean you need it.
Ask about the alternatives. Dig deeper into the side effects of the drug prescribed. Do not just take something without researching the drug prescribed to you.
Feel empowered to ask if the benefits outweigh the risks.
Opioid Rehab At Pathfinders
At Pathfinders, we understand opioid addiction. We also know that no two addictions are the same.
We will talk to you about your addiction. Determine your goals and set a plan for you.
Our addiction treatment specialists can help you at every step of your recovery.
To get started, call and let us complete a free insurance verification for you. We will know exactly what your insurance will cover and what treatment will work best for you.
We will develop a plan with you from the very first day of rehab through every step and into aftercare when you are ready.
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