When you realize you have an opiate addiction, what should you do?
Coming to the realization that you have a problem with prescription pain medications is the very first step, and one of the hardest to come to. The disease of having an opiate addiction is cunning and baffling, which causes the person to be in a state of denial where they do not realize they have a problem. While most of the world’s population can safely take medications as prescribed, those who are afflicted with the disease of addiction have an adverse reaction. When an addict takes these types of narcotic pain medications, there is an excess flow of dopamine in their body that triggers a craving for more. This makes it difficult for the person to stop or moderate their intake of these medications like so many other people are able to do. The effect that these types of medications take on the mind and body cause the person to become dependent and make them not realize that it has turned into a problem.
There are many different reasons that people take these types of medications, and they’re often prescribed by a doctor or physician for chronic pain or illness. Due to the fact that the addicted mind tries to justify and rationalize the person’s using it by any means necessary, it makes the situation much harder to realize because these medications are being prescribed by a medical professional. If you’ve developed an opiate addiction to these medications, you’ve probably begun taking more than prescribed, mixing medications, or seeing multiple doctors in order to receive more medications. These are the initial signs that you have developed an opiate addiction to these types of medications.
If you’ve been fortunate enough to have a moment of clarity where you realize that your opiate addiction is a problem, there is hope for recovery. The thought of no longer taking these medications can bring along many fears, make you feel anxious, or not believe that you can feel well without these pills, but living a happier and healthier life is possible.
When you make the decision that you’d like to overcome your opiate addiction to these medications, you should first consult an addiction specialist. It is very important to speak with a doctor that specializes in opiate addiction and be as truthful as possible when telling them about the extent of your using. Because your mind and body have become dependent on these drugs, you can experience moderate to severe symptoms of withdrawal when trying to stop. An addiction specialist is able to evaluate your situation and help you detox from these drugs both safely and comfortably. There are a variety of medications that help with opiate detox by having similar effects as the drug, but are non-addictive. Medications, like Suboxone, can be prescribed and allow you to slowly wean off of the medicine until you are able to begin substance abuse rehabilitation.
For those who have developed an opiate addiction to these pills after needing them for chronic pain, a qualified treatment center can help you live a comfortable life without narcotic medications. Opiates cause an addict to crave the feeling of the high when taking these pills, rather than the pills simply helping with pain. A treatment center will give you options of non-narcotic medications that help treat pain, but do not trigger the opiate receptors in the brain. These medications target the source of the pain, but are completely safe for recovering addicts. The specialists at the treatment center will also give you recommendations for alternative healing methods. These methods can include yoga, acupuncture, physical therapy and other activities that have been proven to help treat chronic pain.
There is hope to recover from opiate addiction. If you’d like more information, please call us today.