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Fears Related to Acknowledging a Painkiller Addiction

Fears Related to Acknowledging a Painkiller AddictionAcknowledging a painkiller addiction means accepting and admitting that something has taken over your life. It means accepting the need for professional help and making profound, fundamental changes in your life. It means facing an uncertain future without the familiar, comfortable escape of drug use.

The Stigma of Painkiller Addiction

Traditionally there has been a social stigma attached to drug addiction. Many people still regard it as a criminal or moral issue and that drug addicts are on the fringes of society. But, the fact is that drug addiction can happen to anyone and has reached epidemic proportions in all strata of modern society. Unfortunately, the lingering stigma of addiction often induces people to deny their addictions and avoid treatment out of fear.

However, modern, enlightened thinking regards drug addiction as a disease and addicts as patients to be treated. A drug addict who has embraced this viewpoint will not be anymore ashamed of addiction treatment any more than she would be ashamed of being treated for cancer. These people will be able to enter treatment with the confidence that they can achieve recovery.

Fear of the Unknown with Painkiller Addiction

People are creatures of habit, so facing drastic changes can be scary. Admitting an addiction and acknowledging the need for treatment means changing your life. Addict entering treatment know that they must make fundamental changes in their lives, but they don’t know exactly what those changes will entail and what life will be like on the other side of rehab. They know that they will have to stop using a substance to which they have become dependent; they know that they will have to go through an uncomfortable detox process; they know that they will have to learn new behaviors and ways of living; they know that they will have to make new friends and possibly avoid old ones. Addicts can be certain that change is coming, but unsure if they will be able to cope.

When facing fears about entering treatment it is critical to focus on the positive aspects of recovery, such as the following:

  • Remember why you want to stop using painkillers; do not dwell on the negative, but keep in mind the problems that drugs have caused in your life and the reasons you want to be free from addiction
  • Visualize your life without drugs; imagine the possibilities of living up to your potential; determine what it is that you want for yourself and set goals to work toward
  • Talk to treatment professionals; ask questions and get a clear idea of what treatment will entail
  • Build a support network of people who care about you and will support your recovery

Help Finding Treatment for Painkiller Addiction

Addiction to painkillers requires professional treatment. The addiction is strong and the withdrawal symptoms are severe. In fact, quitting cold turkey without medical supervision can be miserable, possibly dangerous and is likely to fail. If you or someone you know is addicted to painkillers let us help you find treatment. Our helpline is toll free and we are available 24 hours a day. Call us.

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