Treatment Options for Pain Pill Popping Epidemic
At one time when we thought of drug abuse we related it to LSD, Cocaine, Heroin, Marijuana and Methamphetamine. Today there are hundreds of different substances abused by people of all ages and they aren't all illicit street drugs.
Many times drugs prescribed for medical treatment are more abused than illicit drugs from the past and prescription pain pills not only relieve pain but today, causes emotional and physical pain because of abuse.
Pain medications today are more widely abused than any other drug and prescription pain pills are at the top of the list. Some people become dependent on painkillers accidentally due to injuries they have received from accidents or pain related surgeries. Due to severe pain many people take pain medications on a daily basis in order to work and take care of their families.
After building up a tolerance to their prescription pain medications they find themselves needing higher doses in order to find the same relief they received at the beginning of their pain treatment. Many people that have found themselves addicted to their painkillers begin taking other drugs and substances to relieve the physical and now, emotional pain they're going through.
Illicit Prescription Pain Pill Abuse
Unfortunately part of what's considered recreational fun today includes experimenting with drugs and other substances. Combining alcohol with these drugs is what many of our young people look forward to on the weekends, times have really changed. Today we have thousands of adolescents, young people and adults that are addicted to prescription pain pills because of personal choice. They never had a medical reason for taking painkillers; they were abused just to get 'high' and expand their recreational enjoyment. Little do they know that down the road they're going to regret this choice of recreational fun!
What Painkillers Are Abused?
There are many pain medications on the market today and each one of them are prescribed for specific reasons. It doesn't matter what type of pain pill you or someone you know have found themselves dependent on and it doesn't matter what the reason is either. The bottom line is that painkiller dependency and addiction is serious and deadly when abused or combined with other substances.
Oxycontin is the brand name for Oxycodone Hydrochloride and is prescribed for treating moderate to severe pain. This painkiller is prescribed for pain due to injuries, bursitis, arthritis, neuralgia, and cancer. Oxycontin is abused by many people for different reasons. There are those that legitimately were prescribed this pain pill and eventually built up tolerance and became dependent on the medication. Others abuse Oxycontin or Oxycodone because of the euphoric high this prescription painkiller produces when abused in high doses.
Ultram and Ultracet are the brand names for Tramadol. In 1995 Tramadol was marketed as a non-controlled analgesic under the brand name Ultram. Tramadol is approved for treating moderate to moderately severe pain in adults. Those who most often abuse Tramadol are narcotic addicts, patients suffering from chronic pain, and health professionals.
Demerol is also referred to as Meperidine Hydrochloride. This pain medication is prescribed for the relief of moderate to severe pain but there are also many people using this painkiller for non-medical reasons. The effects of Demerol are similar to the effects of Morphine; this pain pill is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance. Many people are suffering from dependency to this painkiller.
Lorcet Plus is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. This narcotic pain reliever is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Hydrocodone is also combined with other products and used to relieve coughs. Acetaminophen by itself is not nearly as potent but when combined with hydrocodone is successful in treating pain for many patients. Many times Lorcet Plus is abused for non-medical reasons.
Vicodin and Vicodin ES is a narcotic that contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen. This prescription pain killer is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Many people have legitimately built up tolerance to this pain pill and became dependent on it. Other users abuse Vicodin for the effects produced when abusing this painkiller in high doses or mixing Vicodin with other substances as well as alcohol.
Percocet is a combination of Oxycodone and acetaminophen and is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Other combinations include Endocet, Roxicet, and Tylox. Combinations of Oxycodone with aspirin include Endodan, Percodan, and Roxiprin. As with all prescription medications when taken as directed by YOUR doctor this pain reliever is very successful for relieving pain but many people also abuse this painkiller and form serious addictions to it.
Treatment for Pain Pill Abuse
Don't wait until it's too late, get the help you need now no matter what the reason is for your painkiller addiction. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to fight this dependency and you don't have to do it alone. There are many treatment options available for pain pill dependency and there's no better time than today to take control of this addiction. If you're unsure of the type of treatment that would best fit your needs, need answers to questions before making a commitment, or just need advice for your pain pill dependency call 1-800-559-9503, and Take Control Today!
Behavioral Treatment will help you modify your attitude and behavior related to drug abuse and at the same time help you increase healthy life skills. Sometimes medications are given to those in need while going through substance abuse treatment because extra help is needed while working toward abstinence and recovery. Each person that goes into substance abuse treatment has a different story so treatment is designed for their own specific needs.
Sometimes Outpatient Behavioral Treatment is what works best for the individual working toward recovery from pain pill addiction. For those suffering from chronic painkiller dependency Inpatient Residential Treatment may be necessary because they are in need of around the clock care and guidance.
Narcotics Anonymous or also referred to as NA is a wonderful fellowship of men and women who are working toward abstinence from drug use and help each other stay clean. They don't judge each other, it doesn't matter what drugs were abused or how chronic the dependency is. They only care about each other and helping one another stay clean from drug use. This program doesn't cost a dime and there are NA groups everywhere for those in need. Surrounding yourself with others that understand what you're going through can make a huge difference in your life during this time.
There is also Holistic Treatment Centers that take a wonderful warm emotional and spiritual approach to substance abuse treatment. A mind, body and spiritual treatment approach has been extremely successful for thousands of people working toward abstinence from pain pill dependency. Not only are traditional forms of treatment used such as individual, group, and family therapy but other healing forms of treatment such as meditation, Tai Chi and Yoga are also offered through this excellent form of substance abuse and dependency treatment.
I don't believe there are 'bad people', only bad choices and we all make them one way or another. No one wants to be miserable either, don't go another day fearful, depressed and miserable because of a dependency to painkillers or any other substance addiction. TAKE CONTROL of your pain pill dependency, don't let it control you.