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Painkiller Addiction Statistics: How to Keep Going

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Rehab is the key to opening a world full of opportunities and challenges—free from the grip of prescription painkillers.

You didn’t expect rehab to be easy. In fact, you came ready for a fight. It was that mental toughness and determination that got you through the first 30 days.

That’s when it hit you. Everything felt flat. Dull. Pointless.

You weren’t taking anything anymore, obviously, but you also hadn’t experienced that fantastic feeling of “hope and freedom” that everyone keeps talking about.

Here’s one thing we can promise you: What you are feeling is completely normal.

You’ve hit what we call the rehab slump. You’re done with your old life, but your mind and body have not yet caught up with the plans you have.

Now is the time to truly tough it out. Every day will get a little bit better. You’ll sleep better. You’ll think more clearly. Your body’s natural pleasure system will continue to heal. You’ll grow stronger. Every day is an investment in yourself and your future.

By the time you’re three months into your recovery, you will begin to feel that hope and freedom you’ve been promised.

Life will never be easy. It isn’t for anyone. But it will be better—vastly better—than it was before.

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Addiction to prescription painkillers is a rapidly growing issue in the United States. It is important to know how to avoid addiction to painkillers and the signs of addiction.

Painkiller Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms

Getting over the physical withdrawal symptoms of painkiller addiction (like fever, chills, nausea and insomnia) is the easy part. But the cravings that come with psychological addiction can last much longer.

Like all drugs, painkillers can offer an escape from reality. And, whether your problems are big or small, that’s tempting.

The key to long-term recovery is to stop trying to avoid reality and, instead, look it head on and address it by getting painkiller addiction help. That can be especially hard for those who have gone through hard times or for those who suffer from conditions such as depression or anxiety.

But while it’s definitely hard, it’s also worth it. Painkiller addiction shrinks your world down to one thing and one thing only. Recovery does just the opposite.

The pleasure of the last chapter in a good book. The feeling of the sun on your face on a bright summer day. The challenge of completing your first long run in years.

Life has its challenges, to be sure, but it’s also full of endless joys. Rehab is the key that will allow you to find yours.

Getting Better at The Raleigh House

Getting past detox is the easy part. The challenge is to discover what lies underneath your addiction to prescription pills. That’s where our staff of addiction experts comes in. When you walk through our doors, you’ll be assigned a master’s level therapist to guide you on your journey of discovery—and recovery. Fill out our form or call today to learn more about our painkiller addiction treatment program.

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