Unfortunately, it’s not very difficult to become dependent on painkillers and pain relief medication. People who take prescription medications for dealing with pain can become dependent on these drugs rather quickly. This dependence often leads to substance abuse. This is because it is very challenging to control how often you take medication or how much you use when you have become physically dependent on it. When your body grows dependent on a substance, it feels abnormal to go without that specific drug. So, if you do not use the medication for a while, your body goes into somewhat of a panic. This is known as withdrawal. Painkiller withdrawal symptoms can be very intense. And many people return to drug use in order to cause those symptoms to subside. Opioid painkillers can be very aggressive. They often cause people to become dependent on them. As a result, individuals who use them suffer from this cycle of withdrawal and relapse.
This has been the pattern of many peoples’ lives. Countless individuals have struggled to break free from their dependence on painkillers. They’ve suffered for many, many years but they simply can’t seem to end the harmful cycle in their lives. But, this does not have to be your story. You can overcome painkiller withdrawal symptoms with the right kind of help. A professional recovery center can help you overcome substance dependence for good. As you begin to look for treatment, though, it’s important to work to better understand what you’re experiencing. It may be helpful to gain an understanding of the symptoms of painkiller abuse, withdrawal symptoms, and the detox timeline. With more knowledge about the treatment and recovery processes, you can be more comfortable and informed as you seek professional help for substance dependence.
Have you ever had a throbbing headache? What about a sharp pain in your tooth? What did you do to get rid of that pain? For most people, the answer is, “I took a pill.” Now, people who take medication in order to rid themselves of pain aren’t usually doing it in order to develop a drug dependence problem. They’re not doing it because they want to escape from the real world and “get high”. They are simply trying to be comfortable. Pain is uncomfortable and unwanted in most cases. So, in an effort to stop that pain from affecting them, people use pain-killing medication.
Pain relievers, also known as painkillers, are drugs that people use in order to block their bodies from feeling pain. In many cases, people are prescribed these medications by their doctors in order to treat a chronic pain problem. Sadly, a lot of people deal with recurring pain, feeling discomfort in specific areas of their bodies on a regular basis. There are many different kinds of chronic pain. Some have frequent back pain while others suffer from recurring migraine headaches. Other types of chronic pain include arthritis, endometriosis, sciatica, and more. In most situations, medical professionals prescribe medications that work to stop the pain. Some commonly used yet extremely addictive opioid painkillers include:
These medications are often used in the medical world to help those who are suffering from pain. However, although they help to temporarily stop the pain, using them often leads to substance dependence.
Pain relievers are often very strong and usually produce the desired result (a decrease in pain). But, as a result, individuals may find themselves developing a tolerance for them. Tolerance is basically the body’s way of saying, “This isn’t working anymore.” To be more detailed, when a person uses a substance regularly, the body becomes used to the effects of that particular substance.
So, let’s say that an individual’s regular dosage of medication is two pills daily, one in the morning and one at night. As the body becomes used to this routine use of medication, it’s likely that the individual won’t really feel the pain-relieving effects of the medicine after a while. This is because his or her level of tolerance has increased. That means that the person will actually have to take more of the medication in order to feel the effects that a smaller dose once produced. So, instead of using the drug twice every day, the individual may need to take the medication much more frequently in order to decrease the pain he or she feels. As an individual builds tolerance for a drug, it’s possible that he or she will begin to abuse and misuse the drug.
Although substance abuse isn’t always the result of tolerance, it’s highly likely that people who use painkillers regularly will become dependent on the drugs they use. This can cause some very serious problems if the issue isn’t treated right away. In many situations, people recognize the problem in their lives and try to stop using the medications on which they have grown dependent. But, again, ending substance use can cause the body to go into withdrawal. The symptoms of painkiller abuse withdrawal can be very difficult to go through. So, it’s important to seek professional help when working to end a dependence problem.
Your body may become accustomed to operating while feeling the effects of pain relief medication. But, when you stop, things seem to go haywire within your body. What exactly does this sense of panic feel like? What do people experience while in painkiller withdrawal symptoms? Well, there are a lot of different symptoms that people could have while they are in withdrawal. But, in many cases, people who are in withdrawal deal with symptoms like insomnia and anxiety. A lot of individuals struggle to sleep and rest properly because their bodies feel out of cater. Anxiety, irritation, and agitation are also results of the body’s reaction to not having the substance.
Another symptom of withdrawal is appetite loss. Many people develop unhealthy eating habits or simply don’t eat as a result of withdrawal. Extreme sweating, nausea, and vomiting might also occur. Since the symptoms can be very uncomfortable, many people relapse and begin using the drugs again. It can be very difficult to deal with the process of withdrawing from drug use because the body has grown dependent on that substance. This makes it difficult to alter one’s lifestyle and habits.
Many times, people are unsure about whether or not they should get help for their substance use problem. Drug dependence is sometimes misunderstood. A lot of individuals think that the issue is not as serious as it actually is. They assume that they can end the problem quickly and without help. All it takes is willpower, right? Well, not quite. Of course, individuals who want to end their dependence on opioid painkillers need to be willing to do so. It’s true that recovery takes a lot of commitment. But it’s also important to get help from those who understand the detoxification and recovery processes. Withdrawal can be extremely challenging. Again, the symptoms that people experience as they end substance dependence sometimes cause them to relapse. But, with professional treatment and therapy, you can learn how to avoid relapse in your life.
One of the main reasons why people don’t get treatment is because they are worried about how long the process will take. They wonder about the detox timeline and how much time they will need to spend in counseling. If this is one of your concerns, it’s important to understand that recovery is different for everyone. Some treatment programs are shorter than others. It depends on your specific and unique needs. However, if your main concern is whether or not you will have time to continue working or taking care of your family while you get treatment, there’s good news! Outpatient treatment is designed for individuals who want to end a substance problem but need to continue taking care of other responsibilities. Even better news? We offer outpatient treatment here at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services.
It’s especially difficult to make it through this stage of recovery without any professional help. People who end their drug use habits without getting proper treatment may find themselves returning to the harmful habits they tried to end. Others may place themselves in danger as they try to quit “cold turkey”. This method of ending drug use can be very dangerous because the symptoms of withdrawal might become extreme. If this happens, a person may not be able to get the help he or she needs in time. This is why quitting drug use alone isn’t a good idea. So, what else can be done? We’re glad you asked!
Here at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services, we know painkiller withdrawal symptoms can be very intense. This part of recovery is not easy for everyone. Most people struggle to stay on track because of the body’s response to withdrawal. It can be very difficult to get through this stage. But, we also understand what is needed during this part of recovery. So we provide our clients with the care and guidance they need in order to safely and comfortably end drug dependence in their lives. At our recovery center, the mission is to help each individual find freedom from substance abuse. So, if you need help, just contact us. If you have a loved one who is dealing with a substance problem, we can help them, too! Just reach out to us today!
**Originally posted on September 10, 2018. Updated on March 13, 2019.