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Dec 12, 2012 - 11 comments

Adults And Young People Alike Are Falling Prey To Prescription Painkiller Addiction But Contributing Factors To This Differ Quite A Bit
The Ability Of Prescription Painkillers To Dull Physical And Emotional Pain May Appeal To More Adults, While Younger People Tend To Use Them For Fun
Prescription painkiller abuse is on the rise and is quickly becoming an epidemic in this country. One of the chief appeals of these drugs is they lack the stigma of most illegal street drugs. A doctor prescribes them so they seem more legitimate.
Prescription painkiller abuse has grown in popularity among teens and adults for many reasons. Teens, one of the fastest growing populations of users, are drawn to these drugs for various reasons. They’re often easy to get. Bottles of painkillers, stimulants and other prescription drugs are often found in medicine cabinets, purses and in lockers at home and school. Most painkillers provide teens with the quick high they are looking for, offering them a sense of euphoria and helping to lower inhibitions.
Many teens feel that because these drugs are prescriptions, they are safer and less addictive than street drugs. They may also feel they aren’t doing anything illegal because these medications are medically prescribed. Prescription painkillers that are opiates may also be attractive to some because of the side effects they offer, such as providing a sense of calm.
Teens may be introduced to these drugs often by exposure or accessibility -someone they know is taking them. Perhaps they exhibit an addictive personality and easily fall prey to peer pressure. For some, they just want to self-medicate to rid themselves of depression, anxiety, feelings of low self-esteem, shyness, or loneliness or to deal with anger.
Adults who have abused other substances such as alcohol or cocaine are more likely to abuse prescriptions medications intentionally. However, many fall into their use accidentally. Many adults seek the assistance of prescription painkillers for legitimate pain conditions. They are prescribed these drugs by their doctors for pain and end up becoming opiate dependent.
Abuse Of Pain Meds Can Devastate Lives
Prescription painkiller dependence can happen quickly. The body quickly becomes accustomed to the drug and a tolerance develops, causing the person to have to take more to achieve the same effects. These drugs not only have the ability to soothe pain but can also produce sedating effects and bring about a feeling of euphoria and a sense of wellbeing.
These side effects can be appealing if they’re able to reduce the pressures of daily life, numb stress and take the edge off difficult situations. For some people, it only takes a few exposures to these medications before they escalate use.
The downside is that positive effects of these drugs don’t last long and can come with dire consequence. Many people end up chasing positive opiate side effects. Once a patient develops an addiction to prescription painkillers and the condition takes hold, it can destroy them both physically and mentally, quickly ripping apart their lives.

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by selmaS, Dec 12, 2012
What is the best form of  treatment for  such an individual that falls into this addiction?

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by CWKavinRAS, Dec 12, 2012
First and foremost is a safe detoxification. We do it in a full service accredited hospital by Boars Certified Anesthesiologists. Then the proper assessment of the addiction cause should be made by specialists , so relapse can be prevented. We have an after care called Domus Retreat where we work with patients one on one after detoxification.
There is a lot out there being offered for addiction. You have to use your best common sense and knowledge in order not to fall into unsafe and unsuccessful treatments.

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by Megcool, Dec 13, 2012
I have been taking tramadol for 4 years now, obviously my body is dependent on this medication now, unfortunately. 2 years ago I had a perfectly healthy baby girl and the while time I took tramadol for my migraines. The dr said it was okay and my little girl is perfect. Now I am pregnant again and I am now 33 weeks pregnant. My new primary care doctor won't prescribe tramadol to me(I recently got switched to a new pcp) and my OB said he can't write a script for that. I am so worried that I am going to harm my unborn baby by stopping cold turkey and I don't want to experience the HORRIBLE withdrawals :/ basically what I am asking is when I stop(which will be tomorrow) will it harm my baby? will I go into preterm labor? I am beyond scared/nervous. I am 100x's more worried about my baby then about how I will feel. I can and will have to deal with the withdrawals but I am so worried for my unborn baby...

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by CWKavinRAS, Dec 13, 2012
Have you discussed the withdrawal with your Obgyn?

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by Megcool, Dec 13, 2012
He said there was 0 studies on this and can't give me any advice :/

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by CWKavinRAS, Dec 14, 2012
You should not go through withdrawal without medical assistance while pregnant. You should speak to both your doctors regarding your plans so at least you can call them in case you do not feel well.

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by susky65, Dec 16, 2012
Interesting and correct post. I'm, late 40's and am prescribed Hydro for lower back pain (arthritis, no operational). Been so since '2005. There are plenty of times I took them correctly....then times that I did not where I had more than prescribed to "dull" other issues. Then there were times I felt the after issues were not worth it (anxiety, craving and the flu-like symptoms and more) so I will-powered through the week or more and didn't take them for a month or more and swore them off. The longest three to four months. So I know I can get off them with a lot of work, deal with the back pain and move on- in your opinion what type of addiction is this? In general, after those months of being off either I injure myself working out; or a "life" issue takes place where it starts with one, then two...and so on. Next thing you know it starts over again
A side note- I've been on Klonopin for anxiety for probably 20 years. I note when I take the Hydro.....I can skip the Klonopin so I know there is a relationship effect in the are of anxiety while taking the Hydro; what is this? I'm confident that through will power I can eventually stop and never take the Hydro least I think; I've never felt after being off for a long time I needed to go back on it again...I just did. So I've had both- short timed my prescription (by about 10 days at worst; and had 25 or so left over at refill. Just wanted your professional opinion.


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by CWKavinRAS, Dec 20, 2012
Dear susky65,

These drugs have numbing effects physically and emotionally. It does put a blanket between you and reality, it takes the edge off. The issue , is that if you allow it , it will progress so fast that you will add another issue to your life. It won’t make you feel so good anymore and you will need more and more trying to achieve the same feeling you did when you first took it. Then when you don’t take it , you will be going through withdrawals.
So as you see, it seems like you could be dabbling with something that can consume you and your life in a minute.
I can see you are educated and aware, but sometimes a reminder helps us put things in prospective.
Hope you have a healthy and happy new year.

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by anonymous623, Feb 05, 2013
God forbid any of us have a sense of happiness and wellbeing.  Banish the thought.  I like being depressed and miserable.  I may go hang myself in my closet, but at least I will die stone cold sober.  I'm sure the coroner will appreciate my sober status.

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by LeggettHall, Mar 31, 2017
I took Morphine Sulfate for one year, until the dosage reached the point the doctor would not increase it.  Then, without telling him, I would skip one day and take twice as much the next day.  Why?  I was the breadwinner for our family.  My wife stayed at home with our twin boys.  I also experienced the euphoria, but I took it while I desperately sought help for my problem--only years later to be diagnosed as having Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome.  I am now off any pain medications.  They simply are not the solution for intractable pain.  In fact, when they stop helping, they are a huge problem.  The side effects are horrendous.  I would do exactly what I did given the same circumstances--trying to save my career.  Even those horrible side effects were worth trying to salvage my career.  In the end, it didn't work.

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by LeggettHall, Mar 31, 2017
I got off Morphine because I had no supply.

If addicted, there are doctors who specialize in this area, Addictionologists, I think they are referred to as that.  

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