Addiction to painkillers is a scary and growing problem in today’s age. It is also receiving much more media attention than it has in the past. Opioid drugs, also known as prescription painkillers, are both extremely powerful and addictive. There seems to be a lack of understanding about the dangers that our society does not see.
These prescribed painkillers are given to people for legitimate purposes like pain management and serious surgeries. However, it is not a surprise that some may become unknowingly addicted.
Addiction is a product of chronic abuse for some. However, others may take their prescribed opioid painkillers far after what is needed. In both cases, if the user becomes physically dependent on the drug, they will find that quitting it will be much harder than they thought.
Effects on the Brain
Decreased in pain perception and increased pain tolerance are activated by the opioid receptors in the brain. Opioid drugs can produce feelings of euphoria, which many users are highly addicted to. However, the effects produced are synthetic and significantly more intense than other feelings and emotions in life. This is how opioid drugs can start a cycle of addiction, thus becoming more important than all other concerns in one’s life.
Because the opioid receptors are in the brain stem, the drugs will also depress the central nervous system. This will decrease the body’s automatic processes, like breathing, placing the user in grave danger if they increase dosage. Overdose is a major and immediate risk.
Quitting Opioid Abuse
It is possible to quit painkillers, but will require dedicated and determination from the abuser. Support from family and friends is also much needed. Having a good support system is crucial – someone that is aware of your situation that can help and make the process easier. Suboxone, the medical treatment, is also highly recommended. This procedure allows for medical experts to treat and help the addiction go away completely.
Quitting opioid addiction, or helping someone quit, is not easy for them or you. It is recommended that professional medical advice to be sought out to avoid any relapses or further abuse. For additional questions or concerns, contact Dr. Ben Evans today.