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Lupus and Prescription Drug Addiction

Lupus and Prescription Drug AddictionLupus is a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack healthy tissue. It can cause pain and damage throughout the body, and the Lupus Foundation of America states that it affects at least 1.5 million Americans. It is found most commonly in adult women of color, but it can affect anyone, even people who struggle with drug abuse and addiction. People who struggle both with drug abuse and lupus need professional help to address their troubles.

Effects of Lupus

The following issues are common symptoms of lupus:

  • Pain
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Memory loss or confusion

These symptoms can interrupt everyday life and make simple tasks seem overwhelming. Lupus does not cause physically visible symptoms, so people around you may not understand what you experience. Furthermore, people with lupus may feel isolated and limited, but it does not have to control your life.

Lupus-Related Pain and Prescription Drug Addiction

Many people with lupus take prescription drugs to manage various symptoms, but some people become addicted to these medications. Since lupus is a chronic disease, patients may have ongoing painkiller prescriptions, and doctors are quick to prescribe drugs for pain rather than suggesting other methods. As a result, people with lupus may see painkiller use as the only option for pain management, and they may turn to these drugs more often or for longer periods than is safe. Overusing painkillers can quickly lead to dependence and addiction, and, if people are predisposed to addiction, then they may become addicted rather quickly.

Lupus-Related Fatigue and Prescription Drug Addiction

People with lupus may feel too fatigued to go out with friends, engage in stress-relieving exercise or even go to work. They may seek outside sources of energy, like misusing Adderall or other stimulants. These drugs temporarily increase energy, and lupus patients may come to rely on or be addicted to these drugs after a short amount of time.

Additionally, prescription drug abuse can mask symptoms of depression and loneliness. Drugs do not solve the symptoms, but they can provide temporary relief, which encourages drug abuse when people feel sad. Unfortunately, turning to drugs in times of depression, stress or isolation exacerbates these symptoms and complicates addiction issues. In short, seek help if you struggle with these issues, because you can recover.

Help for Lupus and Prescription Drug Addiction

If you or a loved one deals with lupus and prescription drug abuse or addiction, call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline today. Our admissions coordinators will help you find addiction treatment resources that understand lupus and provide safe solutions for pain relief. You can find a normal life in spite lupus and addiction challenges, but you need the right support team to do so; let us work with you to find recovery.

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