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Is My Doctor Prescribing Too Many Painkillers?

Is my doctor prescribing too many painkillers?Prescription painkillers are powerful drugs with the same addictive potential as their more infamous cousins heroin and opium. They are not intended for long-term use and are thus more effective for the type of moderate to serious pain following an injury or surgery. If you are concerned about the amount of painkillers your doctor has prescribed, please call your doctor or our toll-free helpline as soon as possible.

Why Are Painkillers So Addictive?

Most prescription painkillers are opiates. They work in the central nervous by binding to opiate receptors in the brain and prevent the transmission of pain signals through the central nervous system. In the process they also block any negative emotional or psychological symptoms from co-occurring conditions with a euphoric high. Though the high fades as the body develops a tolerance to the drug, the physical and psychological pain-blocking will last for a time.

Opiates replace natural, pain-managing chemicals in the brain, leaving the user completely dependent on the drug to function. If and when patients try to quit taking the drug, they will likely experience a range of potentially severe withdrawal symptoms including the following:

  • Extreme pain in muscles, joints and bones
  • Tremors
  • Cold sweats
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Intense anxiety, fear, and nightmares

Meanwhile, the brain will be craving the drugs on an even more powerful psychological level. The combined physical and psychological aspects of opiate addiction make the disease nearly impossible to conquer without professional help.

Talking with Your Doctor about Painkiller Concerns

Because of the high potential for addiction it is important that you communicate openly and honestly with your physician before accepting a prescription for opiates. Talk with your doctor about the following information:

  • Your entire medical history
  • Any family history of addiction or substance abuse
  • Any personal history of substance abuse or dependency – even if it has been years since you last used
  • Tell your doctor about any other prescriptions you have been given by other doctors
  • Share your concerns about becoming addicted

While it is unlikely that a person with no personal or family history of addiction – who follows the dosing prescription exactly – will become addicted, it is possible. Some people with a biological predisposition toward chemical dependency will become hooked the first time they take these pills. If caught early the dependency can be treated with as little discomfort as possible.

Painkiller Addiction Help

If you are concerned about your use of painkillers, or are nervous about talking to your doctor, please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline today. Our specially-trained counselors are familiar with prescription dependency and can help you determine if you need treatment. We can connect you with the best recovery program for your exact needs and can even help with logistical concerns such as transportation and insurance issues.

If, after communicating with your doctor, you still feel that you are being given too many painkillers, we can connect you with recovery professionals that will answer your questions and help you develop a plan of action. Call today.

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