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Prescription Painkiller Treatment

When you are in pain, especially chronic pain, many times you are not thinking about addiction, or safety, or short- or long-term usage. You are just trying to get something that will end the pain. Unfortunately, that kind of thinking, as innocent as it may be, could lead to addiction to painkillers. This is how a lot of people have become addicted. And, the pain is not always physical. Sometimes people are dealing with mental pain and instead of seeking the right doctors or psychiatrist, they take a painkiller to “mellow” them out, or escape from those thoughts. Taking painkillers in this manner makes you very likely to eventually become addicted to these drugs.

Painkiller Treatment

What Drugs Are Considered Painkillers?

Painkiller is a word used to describe many different types of drugs that ultimately alleviate pain, but what exactly is it? How high does the dosage have to be? What are some of the names of the most common painkillers?

What are painkillers?

They are powerful drugs that interfere with the body’s nervous system so your brain does not perceive pain. They also produce a euphoric feeling associated with feeling “high”.

What do they consist of?

Painkillers generally use either real opium or synthetic opium in the makeup of the pill. This is typically the main ingredient.

Names of Common Painkillers:
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • OxyContin
  • Percocet
  • Lortab
  • Vicodin
  • Demerol

How to Manage Pain Without Painkillers

Doctors and physicians understand that some of their patients do have severe or chronic pain, but are not interested in taking a painkiller that may be highly addictive. When that is the case doctors typically suggest an over-the-counter medication that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen. In comparison to painkillers, some doctors believe that OTC’s are completely underutilized as pain medications.

For some people, injection and pain shots work. They are able to get a steroid or an anti-inflammatory medication that can relieve some of the pain. There are also more holistic and natural forms of pain management that do not include painkillers.

Treatment for Painkiller Addiction

When trying to quit the painkillers by yourself is no longer working, it is time to seek out help and look for a treatment center that can help you get sober. When you go to a treatment facility for painkillers, whether inpatient or outpatient, there are some things you can get help with that you may not have otherwise received attempting to quit on your own.

Medication for Withdrawal

Withdrawing from painkillers can be an extremely uncomfortable feeling, but treatment centers have various medications that can be used to ease the discomfort of the withdrawal symptoms. Having help through this part of the process alone can encourage people to remain in the recovery process.

Maintenance Therapy

After an addict goes through detox the fight is not over. There are still psychological and social triggers and factors that end up pushing the addict back into using again. Between stressful situations and cravings can be extremely difficult to resist using. Maintenance treatment works with the medications and the therapies to maintain an addict’s sobriety.

12-Step Programs and Counseling

Many treatment centers and experts recommend that addicts join a 12-step program based on their treatment. Counseling and therapy will continue to push you to sobriety by working on the psychological aspects of addiction. Cognitive behavioral therapy, family and couples therapy, and motivational interviewing are all typically available at the treatment center for inpatient and outpatient care.


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