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A Widespread and Lethal Epidemic
Prescription painkiller or “opioid” addiction has skyrocketed over the last decade, killing thousands in the process. Prescription painkiller addiction affects all age groups and economic classes. Rich or poor, old or young, Americans are consuming painkillers at a terrifying rate. There were 19,000 prescription overdose deaths in 2014. Recovery Unplugged Texas is committed to providing comprehensive treatment for prescription painkiller addiction.
OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet are three of the most commonly abused brand-name prescription opioid medications.
Some of the more common prescription painkillers include:
• OxyContin • Vicodin • Percocet • Tramadol • Fentanyl • Ultram
Signs of Painkiller Addiction
There are certain indicators that painkiller addiction is developing, including:
- Doctor-Shopping (Going to More than One Physician to Get Multiple Prescriptions)
- Clock Watching – Anticipating Doses
- Extreme Changes in Mood
- Changes in Sleeping Patterns
- Legal or Financial Troubles
- Loss of Interest in Career and Social Life
- Extreme Risk-Taking Behaviors
Loved ones are often the first to recognize these signs. If you notice these changes in someone you care about, get help immediately before abuse turns to addiction.
You Don’t Have to Suffer in Withdrawal
For many people, the fear of the pain of withdrawal is actually greater than the fear of quitting the drugs. Prescription painkillers cause dependency in a very short time.
Withdrawal symptoms can include:
- Flu-like Symptoms
- Extreme Changes in Body Temperature
- Intestinal Problems (Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea)
- Tremors or shaking
- Extreme Sweating
- Trouble Sleeping
- Poor Appetite
You don’t have to quit “cold turkey” and suffer needlessly. There are medical detox options and medication-assisted programs to help manage withdrawal and make you as comfortable as possible. Medications like Suboxone® and Vivitrol® can help users manage and overcome their withdrawal and cravings.