Opioid Abuse in Construction Workers
Because it is such a physically demanding profession, opioid abuse rates tend to be higher among construction workers.
The profession often has high rates of occupational injuries and back and musculoskeletal pain.
Research in this area has revealed increased mortality rates from opioid overdoses in this professional category and five others.
Further, 57% of opioid-related overdose deaths occurred after a work injury, and an additional 13% had suffered a work injury within three years of death.
This profession is fraught with hazards.
But the professionals at Pathfinders can help break the link between construction work and the dangers of opioid abuse.
Dangers of Opioid Abuse
For mild pains like headaches and moderate muscle aches, you may find that relying on over-the-counter pain relief is enough.
But when you have severe or persistent pain from a repetitive stress injury, a muscle strain, or a fall, it may not be enough.
Your doctor may suggest an opioid pain reliever instead.
You may end up buying opioids elsewhere if you cannot get a prescription to ease the pain.
While they are effective at treating severe and persistent pains, these narcotic pain relievers are addictive.
They have troubling side effects that become worse with long-term use.
And if it is the only thing you have found that eases your pain, opioid abuse becomes nearly inevitable.
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Common Prescription Opioids
Opioids work by blocking pain receptors in your brain and spinal cord.
Essentially, they trick your brain into thinking that you are not in pain anymore.
Opioids have been used for decades by medical professionals to treat moderate to severe pains.
But, because they are also known to be addictive and strong, they are prescribed more sparingly now than they have ever been before.
Doctors often require that a patient exhaust less dangerous alternative pain relief methods first. They may want to see that a patient does not respond to other pain relievers before writing a prescription.
However, this is not always enough to avoid opioid abuse.
Some of the most common prescription opioids include:
- Vicodin (Hydrocodone)
- OxyContin / Percocet (Oxycodone)
- Morphine (Kadian / Avinza)
Heroin is another common and dangerous opioid. However, heroin does not come in a prescription. Heroin is an illicit drug that lacks any approved medical uses.
And while morphine does come as a prescription and in monitored medical settings, it is more often obtained through illicit means.
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Prescription Opioid Abuse vs. Illicit Opioid Abuse
Whether prescription or illicit, opioids relieve pain and promote feelings of euphoria.
These are two of the qualities that make them so addictive.
Opioid abuse can quickly lead to a variety of complications.
Opioid addictions and related accidents are common, and heroin-related overdose deaths have been rising since 2007.
One of the biggest problems with prescription opioid abuse is that it often leads to heroin abuse.
Heroin produces similar but stronger and faster effects. It is the natural next step for many people when they find that they have built a tolerance to prescription opioids and need something more.
This method of pain relief and illicit drug abuse comes with its own unique set of problems.
Put an end to your opioid abuse before it becomes something more.
And if it already has, we can help with that too.
Different Ways that Opioid Addiction Starts
Prescription use often evolves into opioid abuse quickly.
As your body builds a tolerance, you will find that the opioid’s effects begin to fade faster. This leads many people to increase their dosages, frequencies, combine opioids with other substances, or otherwise abuse their prescriptions.
Most prescription opioids, when taken correctly, are swallowed.
When opioids are abused, they are often dissolved, injected, or snorted. These methods force a faster or more potent result that often shortens the time between abuse and dependence.
Opioids should only be taken according to a prescription and under the supervision of a medical professional.
Most opioid prescriptions are short-term. But, this rule is difficult to enforce and is rarely adhered to.
Trading drugs or purchasing another person’s prescription opioids is another way an opioid addiction may start.
Most individuals in opioid addiction treatment began with a prescription.
Whatever the reason for your evolution to opioid abuse, our opioid addiction treatment programs can help.
Early Withdrawal Symptoms After Opioid Abuse
Opioid withdrawal symptoms are one of the most common reasons that individuals experience a relapse.
Your withdrawal symptoms may vary depending on many individual factors. For instance, the opioid you use, method, frequency, length of time, and body weight can all alter your symptoms.
The way you metabolize and withdraw from drugs may not be the same way that someone else does.
Most opioid withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable or mildly painful.
However, more serious complications are possible.
Early opioid withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Agitation or anxiety
- Muscle aches
- Increased sweating and yawning
- Runny nose
What Happens Next
As you progress through your withdrawals, you may later experience:
- Abdominal cramps
- Dilated pupils
If you have attempted to quit using opioids on your own but have relapsed due to withdrawal symptoms, drug cravings, or another obstacle, our medically-assisted drug detox can help.
This highly-specialized and monitored detox method is designed to help with even the worst withdrawal symptoms.
Our detoxes occur in a safe, comfortable, and monitored space.
They ease your withdrawal symptoms and cravings so that you can move forward.
They help enforce early sobriety, eliminate distractions, and restore your strength and motivation.
It is time to let this vital stage of your recovery journey place you firmly on the right path.
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Opioid Addiction Treatment Options
When it comes to effective opioid addiction treatment, there is no singular solution that works for everyone.
Depending on your unique addiction, needs, mental health, and other individual factors, we will work with you to build the treatment program that will be the most beneficial to you.
We will help you choose between residential rehab, intensive outpatient rehab, or a supplemental care program that lands somewhere in the middle.
Most patients in recovery for opioid addictions will begin with a residential program before transitioning into a more flexible care plan.
Residential rehab programs last from 30 days to over a year, depending on your needs, progress, and preferences.
These care programs offer high-level, specialized, and customized 24-hour care. You will have all of the care, support, and guidance you will need through each stage of your recovery.
Our various therapies, relapse prevention training, support groups, and holistic remedies will help you address, evaluate, and overcome your addiction and the complications stemming from it.
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Pathfinders Recovery Center
Choosing Pathfinders means choosing a better way.
It means customized care plans, incredible support systems, and life-long learning opportunities.
It means commitment and dedication to a healthy, sustainable, and sober life.
You have it within you to turn the tables on your addiction.
You just need a little bit of help to get you there.
Let us guide you the same way we have guided so many others before you.
Call us today at 855-728-4363 for more information.