No addiction is easy to overcome alone, but addiction to painkillers particularly needs the support and guidance of others because the potential for relapse is exceedingly high. Painkiller addiction treatment at New Objectives addresses dependence on the drugs, as well as the underlying issues. Painkiller addiction is a serious problem for many reasons. Painkillers are easy to obtain. A physician prescribes them for a specific need. If people take the medication long after the specific need has resolved, the potential for developing an addiction is high. Someone who is developing a dependence on painkillers may seek more than one doctor in hopes of obtaining additional prescriptions. In other cases, people decide to medicate themselves. They may borrow or buy pills that have been prescribed for a family member or a friend. If they have a condition similar to a friend has experienced, such as chronic neck pain or intense anxiety, they may ask the friend for medication “just to try it out.” They believe they can manage their pain or stress by taking a powerful drug without a prescription. Soon enough, they may resort to desperate measures, including stealing, to obtain painkillers. Because painkillers are easy to obtain and not as expensive as some street drugs, painkiller addiction is common and easy to hide.
Treatment For Painkiller Addiction Includes Overcoming Denial
The first step in treatment for painkiller addiction is breaking through denial. Painkillers are prescribed to meet a particular need, but dependence can sneak up rapidly. People who abuse painkillers must come face to face with the facts of their physical symptoms and their behavior. Some symptoms include defensiveness when confronted with others’ concerns, increased irresponsibility, continued use of prescription pills long after the need for them has passed, withdrawal from family and friends, and distinct changes in appearance and behavior. People who are abusing painkillers may begin to sleep more or less than usual and may become unkempt in appearance. If these symptoms are apparent, it is time to seek help. Family members who notice these signs of drug dependence may want to consider a formal intervention with the guidance of New Objectives specialists.
Painkiller addiction treatment requires intensive therapy
Dependence on painkillers is highly unlikely to stop without intensive professional help. Effective painkiller addiction treatment at New Objectives includes an incremental process, beginning with a qualified detox referral and continuing through intensive therapy. Detox is required to cleanse the client’s system in order for the client to have the mental, physical and emotional strength to move on to the next steps. Once the medically supervised detox period is complete, clients will transition to New Objectives to have the opportunity to work with therapists to discover the underlying issues that have caused to the addiction. They also will learn ways to cope with stress, conflict and everyday life challenges without relying on chemical substances. As clients develop willingness to learn an entirely new way of thinking and behaving, they will progress in their treatment for painkiller addiction. New Objectives uses an evidence-based approach to rehab, and clients proceed at their own pace.
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