Have you or a family member ever been injured or had to have a surgery where your doctor prescribed some kind of pain killer? There are many different types of pain killers available for doctors to prescribe to their patients for different levels and kinds of pain. Pain killers, even though they can be effective, can also become very addictive.
The good news is there is always hope and help for everyone no matter what the reasoning or the situation. Not sure what is going on or where to go or if there is even a problem? Here is more information:
What Are Opioids?
Opioids are drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription from a legit doctor according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse.
Understanding Physical Dependence of Opioids
Short term pain such as from nonlife-threatening injuries and post-surgical pain can be effectively taken care of by opioids. These opioids are not good for chronic pain and if taken for long periods of time, your body will build up a tolerance for them which means your doctor will have to keep increasing the doses just to get any kind of pain relief.
If your body has built up a tolerance or when you run out of your prescription medications then you might notice what is known as withdrawal symptoms. Although these symptoms are highly unpleasant, they usually are not life-threatening. These symptoms could include but are not limited to:
- runny nose and eyes
- hot or cold flashes
- muscle aches and pains
- anxiety and agitation
- elevated blood pressure
- dilated pupils
- rapid heart rate
- abdominal cramping
Better Understanding Opioid Use Disorder
Have you or a loved one been injured or had surgery where your doctor has prescribed pain killers? Have you or a loved one built up a tolerance for pain killers and need more or a stronger prescription to get a hold of the pain you are in? Do you or a loved one have an opioid use disorder? Here are some signs to look for:
- Are you or a loved one taking more than the prescribed dose of the pain killer prescribed by your doctor?
- Have you or your loved one started taking other opioid medications because you or your loved one have run out of your or their original prescribed medication?
- Are you or a loved one taking the pain killers to get high or to avoid withdrawal symptoms that come when you run out?
- Is your medication taking priority over your participation in all activities at your job, school, or at home?
- Are you or your loved one running out of your or their pain pills before they are due to be refilled?
- Are you or your loved one lying or stealing to get more medication or even paying someone you may not know for medication that wasn’t even prescribed to you or your loved one?
- Do you or your loved one report you or they lost your or their prescriptions all the time in order to get more pain killers?
- Do you or your loved one obtain pain killers illegally online?
- Do you or your loved one doctor shop?
- Do you or your loved one constantly request early refills?
- Have you are your loved one started injecting your medications that are supposed to be taken orally?
Options For Opioids Use Disorder
There is many options on where you can go to get the help you or your loved one need. What you can expect from a great drug rehab is a experienced, caring staff. Also you want to look for a place with individual plans as well as one that will involve the whole family as family is the most important in anyone’s life. They are your biggest support system. Some of the things that will help in your healing process are as follows:
- Individual counseling
- Group therapy sessions
- Art therapy where you get to express yourself through painting, drawing, or modeling
- Recreation therapy where you get to do different activities
- Psycho-educational group therapy where you will get educated on your disorder and learn ways of coping
- Your negative thought patterns about yourself are going to be challenged and your unwanted behavior patterns are going to be altered in Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- You will also learn how to forgive those you have wronged you and treat them with compassion in Forgiveness Therapy
- If necessary, your personal plan might also have Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) on it. It is a newer process that has been known to work for PTSD patients.
- You will be able to learn new skills in four different areas during Dialectical Behavior Therapy
These areas are as follows:
- Mindfulness: This will improve your ability to accept and be present in the current moment.
- Distress tolerance: This will increase your tolerance of negative emotion.
- Emotion Regulation: This will give you strategies to manage and change intense emotions that cause problems in your life.
- Interpersonal effectiveness: This will teach you techniques to communicate with other people in a way that is assertive yet you will maintain self-respect and still strengthen your relationships.
If you or a loved one or someone you know are suffering from an opioid use disorder, please don’t hesitate to get them the help they need. Give us a call any time at 800-723-7376 and we will be more than happy to help you in any way we can. Remember there is always hope, take your life back now.