Prescription painkillers (opioids) are powerful drugs that reduce the intensity of nerve signals and alter your perception of pain. In addition to numbing pain, Opioid medications can produce a sense of pleasure because they affect the area of the brain that triggers reward. Some of the most commonly abused prescription opioids include Hydrocodone (Vicodin), Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), Morphine, Meperidine (Demerol), and Codeine.
The most difficult part of beating a pain pill addiction may be recognizing that you have a problem. Often, addicts refuse to believe that they need rehabilitation, which can lead to overdose and even death. Painkillers are especially dangerous because they often lead to heroin abuse, making it critical to recognize and treat a painkiller addiction.
If you or a loved one abuse pain pills and any of the following warning signs of painkiller addiction sound like you, then you may want to consider treatment:
When designing The Raleigh House programs, we aimed to differentiate ourselves by creating unique treatment programs. Our drug rehab center in Denver, Colorado has a soothing environment, which we believe has a significant impact on program results. As a client, we prioritize your comfort at The Raleigh House. All clients will receive a thorough psychiatric, nursing and medical assessment upon admission where they will determine medication to help with the intensity of withdrawal. Individual therapists work with the client to create and implement treatment plans individualized to the client’s specific needs and goals for treatment.
Experiencing ongoing effects or symptoms of prescription painkiller abuse is normal. Symptoms can persist for an extended period of time. Some clients may experience fever-like symptoms such as a high temperature, chills, excessive sweating, shakiness, nausea and vomiting. If you begin experiencing these symptoms in treatment your clinical team will be there to take care of you step by step and keep you feeling safe and comfortable.
Opioids are often abused to get an intoxicating high that relieves anxiety and emotional pain. Once someone is dependent on a painkiller to cope with their emotions, the discontinuance of use can cause severe anxiety. Group and individual therapy sessions are offered at The Raleigh House, which focuses on educating the client by teaching them new and healthy coping skills while making behavioral changes. Groups are held daily and individual sessions are determined between the client and their primary therapist.
Prescription painkiller addiction can cause chronic constipation, which puts a lot of physical stress on the digestive system. It can also cause hormone imbalances. The Raleigh House client’s will go through a nutritional assessment with a nutrition therapist to determine the proper diet plan for their treatment. Supplements, amino acids and vitamins are essential to a comfortable and successful recovery and can help reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms. Maintaining a healthy diet routine and taking supplements will aid in fulfilling deficiencies that painkiller addiction has caused.
Not only will a healthy diet routine improve constipation, but exercise can help as well. Exercise helps stimulate a contraction of intestinal muscles, which decreases the amount of time it takes food to move through the large intestine. The Raleigh House offers a variety of exercise options for a client to choose from.
One of the scariest parts of recovery is returning back to “normal” life. Recovering from an addiction requires a drastic lifestyle change. At the Raleigh House, our clients learn new and healthier methods for dealing with challenges. Recreational and leisure activities facilitate structure and support when starting a new life. These activities will assist in keeping the recovering addict’s mind from drifting in the wrong direction. We offer a variety of activity themes to serve different interests including sports, arts and culture.