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Prescription Drug Addiction after Major Surgery

Prescription Drug Addiction after Major SurgeryPainkillers and other drugs prescribed after surgery can be extremely addictive. It is unlikely that someone with no history of substance abuse or addiction will become addicted to painkillers, if they follow their doctor’s instructions and quit taking medication as soon as possible. However no one is immune to prescription drug addiction. Once a person has developed a dependency to painkillers, he or she will need experienced and caring drug abuse or addiction recovery help.

Why Are Prescription Drugs Hard to Quit Taking?

Most prescription painkillers are narcotics. This is a family of drugs that also includes heroin and opium. Narcotics work very well as pain blockers, because they bind to specialized chemical receptors used to transmit pain signals in the brain. They replace naturally occurring pain managing chemicals, and this creates increased pain relief but also causes users to becomes dependent on the drug to feel normal. Users also develop a tolerance to prescription drugs which means they will require higher or more frequent doses to feel the desired effects. Painkilling prescription drugs also give users a euphoric high, as they block any feelings of emotional anxiety or distress along with the physical pain signals. The brain will crave this relief in a powerful way, and these cravings may overpower rational thought or will. A person who has developed a psychological addiction to painkillers will often be unable to quit taking the drugs without professional help.

How Recovery from Prescription Drug Addiction Happens

Lasting recovery from prescription drug addiction will require treatment of both physical and psychological dependence and the careful treatment of any underlying or co-occurring emotional disorders. This happens best through fully integrated treatment programs that use a combination of tried and true treatment methods with innovative or alternative approaches. Some of the most successful programs use a wide range of therapies that may include the following:

  • Individual counseling
  • Support group meetings
  • Education about addiction and recovery
  • Preparation for reentry into normal life
  • Spiritual care
  • Alternative options such as meditation and yoga

Often the most effective treatment happens through residential or inpatient programs, but only an addiction counselor can help determine the best program for your unique needs.

Find Prescription Drug Addiction Recovery Help Today

If you or a loved one has had major surgery and is now struggling to get off of prescription drugs, we can help. If left untreated, this disease will destroy your physical and emotional health. Don’t let this happen. Call our toll-free helpline any time of day or night, and let our addiction counselors answer your questions and connect you with the best possible treatment for your unique needs. Call today.

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