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3 Great Reasons for Quitting Painkillers

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Life can be peaceful, hopeful and happy again—just not with painkillers in the picture.

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You probably started out taking painkillers for a legitimate reason—pain following a procedure or operation. You weren’t aware how powerful the drugs are or how quickly their use can spiral out of control.

Before you knew it, you were addicted. Now, the painkillers control you and it’s hard to imagine life without them.

But life on the other side of addiction is better—much better. Here are three specific ways that life will improve once you decide to seek help.

You Will Be in Control of Your Life

Once addiction happens, painkillers are in the driver’s seat. And one need only take a look at our nation’s heroin epidemic to see where you’re headed.

When painkillers become too hard to get or too expensive, the usual route is to turn to heroin. Overdoses can and do happen all the time with painkillers. But heroin increases the risk as you can’t be sure of exactly what you’re taking.

Getting sober is the fork in the road that can lead to better health, opportunity and life itself.

You Will Feel Better

It’s undeniable that painkillers can make you feel great—at first. They take away not only your pain, but any anxiety nipping at your mind. All is right with the world.

But then your tolerance builds. You need to take more and more and you feel them less and less. You’re constipated and bloated all the time. Your muscles may begin to break down and who knows what’s happening to your liver.

Getting sober can fix all that. Your digestion will get back on track. You’ll get stronger and will be giving your organs a break. You can feel light and free and healthy again.

You Can Be in the Best Mental Health of Your Life

The goal isn’t necessarily to put you right back where you were before painkillers.

Here’s why: Research tells us that people with conditions like depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder are all more likely to become addicted to painkillers.

Consider that nearly 65 percent of people with severe symptoms of depression don’t get the help they need from a mental health professional, according to a 2014 survey done by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Untreated mental health conditions leave you extremely vulnerable to addiction because finally something makes you feel better.

The right treatment program doesn’t just get you off painkillers. They delve deeper. And then they treat any co-occurring condition you may have and your addiction.

It will take time, but the result is that you may just feel better—and be better prepared for life—than ever before.

Quitting Vicodin, Hydrocodone or Percocet

It’d be nice if you could go through a week of detox and that’s it. But just treating your physical symptoms is a recipe for relapse.

Research says that 90-day treatment programs are best. That’s because they give you time to recover physically, psychologically, mentally, spiritually and socially.

Many people describe the first few weeks of recovery as the “honeymoon” period. Everything is new and you’re up for the challenge. Then, right around a month, things can get hard. Your body isn’t’ yet producing its own feel-good chemicals, which can leave you feeling unmotivated and blah.

If you’re still at rehab, you’ll have round-the-clock support and therapy (as well as chef-prepared meals and nutritional therapy) to help you through this time.

Painkiller Rehab in Colorado

If you’ve lost control over your painkiller use, it’s time to get help. At The Raleigh House, our first goal is to make you feel safe and comfortable. You’re then assigned your own master’s level therapist who will work with you to come up with a plan for rehab—and to rebuild your life. Fill out our form or contact us today to learn more about the painkiller addiction treatment program at The Raleigh House.

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