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Common Reasons Painkiller Abuse May Occur

Common Reasons Painkiller Abuse May OccurMany people struggling with addiction or drug abuse do not intend to become addicted. They think they can prevent addiction through willpower. They think addiction cannot happen to them or they can quit whenever they want, but these are misconceptions that do not account for the dangers of drug abuse.

Painkillers are commonly abused drugs. Because medical professionals prescribe painkillers, many people misjudge their potential harm. Painkillers have high abuse, tolerance, dependence and addiction potential, and their abuse can result in several tragic consequences.

Why Do People Abuse Painkillers?

There are many reasons why people begin abusing painkillers, the most common include the following:

  • To alleviate physical pain. Taking a pill requires little effort compared to other, healthy options. Painkillers relax and calm people, which ease the tension and stress associated with pain.
  • To treat chronic pain. Some individuals have chronic conditions and their pain is persistent. While self-medicating with painkillers may be the original intention, an abuse problem will result because the symptoms are long-term.
  • Non-drug pain management options are inaccessible. Pain management without drugs may not be covered by insurance, making it inaccessible to many individuals.
  • To numb emotional and physical pain. Many people suffering from physical pain have experienced some emotional trauma they want to escape. People can come to depend on painkillers to cope with these negative emotions.
  • Painkillers reward the brain. They release chemicals that provide euphoria by activating the brain’s reward center. Unlike people who work to achieve this natural high, people taking painkillers can achieve euphoria on command by simply taking a pill.
  • To overcome tolerance. Painkillers cause tolerance to develop quickly. An individual must take larger or more frequent doses to achieve a high. Taking larger and more frequent doses puts people on the fast-track to addiction.
  • To avoid withdrawal symptoms. As people become physically dependent on painkillers after continued abuse, they will experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop using. These symptoms can be quite painful and affect people physically and psychologically. To avoid this pain people often relapse because it seems easier than suffering.

If addiction has started for any of these reasons, seek professional help now.

Common Dangers and Consequences of Painkiller Abuse

Prescription painkiller abuse is just as dangerous as illicit drug abuse. There are many ways addiction can destroy an individual’s quality of life, including the following ways:

  • Increased risk of overdose and fatality
  • Increased risk of accident, illness or injury
  • Relationship troubles, isolation from family and friends
  • Health complications, respiratory problems, heart complications and depression
  • Unable to perform responsibilities at home, work or in other life roles
  • Poor work performance, job termination or loss of health insurance
  • Financial troubles, home loss, bankruptcy and legal trouble

Do not struggle with addiction, but get help now.

Get Painkiller Abuse Help Now

If you or a loved one struggle with painkiller abuse or addiction, we can help. Please call our toll-free helpline now to speak with a recovery professional to find treatment services that meet your exact needs. We are here 24 hours a day to answer your questions, provide you with information and get you the treatment and recovery help you need. Please call now for help.

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