Signs, Symptoms and Complications of Painkiller Addiction
Early Signs of Painkiller Addiction
Painkiller addiction has become a serious public health problem in the U.S. When a doctor prescribes painkillers, most people never suspect they’ll become addicted and find themselves in more pain than the pain these medications were prescribed to alleviate. Because physical dependence and increased tolerance to painkillers happen rapidly, patients may quickly find that they need more medication to get the same painkilling effects they once did and have to continue taking these medications to avoid withdrawal symptoms creating a vicious cycle they cannot break on their own.
The comprehensive drug rehab program at Casa Capri can help break the cycle. We understand the complex issues that women addicted to painkillers face and our personalized addiction treatment programs are individually designed for your unique needs. If you believe you or a loved one may be addicted to painkillers there are a few sure signs and symptoms to look for.
Symptoms of painkiller addiction:
- The person is always short of money, and begs, borrows, or steals to sustain her habit.
- Slurred speech, loss of coordination and confusion
- Damaged work or family relationships.
- Frequent use of laxatives; opiate use causes constipation and slows the bowel.
- The yellowing of the whites of a person’s eyes—many prescription painkillers also contain acetaminophen (Tylenol®) which can be damaging to the liver.
If you think you or someone you love may be addicted to painkillers, we can help. We’re here 24/7 with open arms and open hearts. Hope is just a phone call away at 855-816-8826.
Complications and Side Effects of Painkiller Addiction
Some of the most commonly abused and dangerous painkillers are OxyContin®, Percocet®, Fentanyl, and Vicodin®. But no matter which painkiller a woman becomes addicted to, there are serious health consequences including the all too common and very real risk of overdose and death. At high doses, these drugs shut down the central nervous system and often prove fatal.
Opiate painkillers will cause physical dependence in nearly all who take them for an extended period of time and once the body becomes dependent, withdrawals can be intensely painful. Add this new pain to the original pain the drugs were prescribed to treat and most users will find they cannot stop on their own. At Casa Capri, our medically supervised prescription drug detox offers a solution. Unlike a cold clinical hospital detox, our warm, homelike environment is a comfortable space where you or your loved one can safely taper off painkillers under the care of a doctor who’ll also help manage any underlying pain issues.
It’s time to heal; give us a call today. Our dually accredited women’s only inpatient rehab has the support and loving care you need to stop using painkillers for good and live the life you were meant to live. We’re here 24 hours a day; please pick up the phone now; 855-816-8826.