Opiate Drug Rehab – Treating Prescription Pain Pill Addiction As Much as Heroin Addiction
In opiate drug rehab, there is a tremendous shift happening, and it’s scary to those who haven’t gotten to this point yet. It is almost a guarantee that those who are addicted to prescription pain medications will eventually become heroin addicts if they leave their addiction untreated. While many who struggle with an addiction to opiate painkillers believe that they will never get to the point that they decide to use heroin, many others are discovering the painful reality of the situation.
For many, heroin is still shameful, so what happens when everyone is lumped in an opiate drug rehab program together? Sometimes, it’s difficult, but other times, it can be one of the best things that a person battling an addiction to prescription painkillers is faced with.
A Little More to Know About Prescription Painkillers
Almost a year ago, CNBC reported that almost half of all Americans know someone who has bee or is addicted to prescription pain medications. It’s also a general consensus that the Federal Government isn’t doing enough to help solve this problem. The reality is that people are dying at alarming rates, and it’s not just from heroin. One study shows that fentanyl-laced heroin is becoming extremely popular. But, since fentanyl is a prescription opioid, the separation between heroin addiction and opioid painkillers is becoming blurry.
It’s also important to know that the opiate addiction crisis has been building for quite some time. Since the 1990’s, narcotic painkillers have been used to treat everything from a toothache, to post-surgery pain and everything in between. Until fairly recently, there hasn’t been much of a push to find the cause of the pain and fix it, there has only been a desire to stop the pain.
Make no mistake, opioid painkillers are extremely effective. They ease pain and allow people to get through their daily lives, but they also have the ability to cause feelings of euphoria, and this is where things get tricky. When a person develops a physical dependence on these medications, they might find that their current dose doesn’t work. Thus, the pain cycle begins again. In a perfectly desperate attempt to fight pain, many people start to take more of their pain meds.
As you take more of your opioid pain medication, you’re increasing your potential for a physical dependence, and increasing your chances of developing a full-blown addiction.
Lots of really wonderful, really great people are struggling with an addiction to these pain medications, and it’s part of the reason why opiate drug rehab is becoming so important in our society. Unfortunately, not enough people who struggle with an addiction to opioid pain medications get the help they need, for many different reasons.
It’s Not Just an Addiction to Pain Pills
Now, you might start your journey with prescription pain medications innocently enough. You go to the doctor because you’ve got an injured back. Or maybe you had a tooth pulled. It’s possible that you were in an accident and will have to endure a tremendous amount of physical therapy just to start getting things the way they were. In the meantime, you’re in pain. Serious pain. Your doctor understands this, so he prescribes you something to help you get through and function while you heal.
The trouble is, three months after the pain began, you’re still popping these pills to get by. You tell yourself that you’re trying to get off them, but the thing is, you still hurt. Living without these medications is beginning to seem like torture. So, when you don’t have them, you’re fit to be tied.
One recent study of over a million records from commercial health plan information found that about 30 percent of those who are prescribed pain medications for longer than a month are still taking them a year later. The exact number of these people who are addicted isn’t considered in the study, and it is notable that those with substance abuse disorders were excluded from the study.
That being said, it is still pretty daunting to think that you’ll wind up taking your pain medications for more than a month or so, and a year is simply unimaginable to many people. However, a year passes quickly, and for too many, the pain pills just aren’t stopped.
However, it’s important to understand that even when the doctor stops the prescription, people who haven’t yet learned to cope with their pain, and those who simply haven’t gotten to the root of the problem to help ease the pain often turn to the streets to get the medications they think they need.
This is why opiate drug rehabs treat all kinds of opioid addictions. Simply because the transition from pain medications to heroin is just so common, and often, too easy.
How We go from a Prescription to Heroin
For loved ones of those who battle an addiction to heroin, it’s almost unimaginable that there could be such a transition. But, when you ask almost anyone who has had to take pain medications for any amount of time, and they will likely tell you that it’s not an altogether unpleasant feeling to be just a “little bit high,” from these meds.
In fact, many who have taken prescription pain medications and not become addicted have mentioned that they could understand how an addiction could develop. It turns out that there are quite a few reasons why those who struggle with opiate painkiller addiction turn to heroin.
- Heroin is easier for users in so many ways. Not only is heroin easier to use in its natural form, but it’s also easier to get, and it’s much less expensive. When someone is abusing prescription pain pills to get high, they crush them to remove the extended release coating. From there, it gets snorted or injected. That’s a lot of work to get high. Given that the high doesn’t last as long as many would like, it probably begins to feel like preparing to get high off pain pills is all a person is ever doing. It’s pretty close to the truth. When you add that to the fact that prescription drugs are pricey on the street, it’s little wonder that those who abuse them decide that heroin might be a better option.
- Teens have been abusing their parents’ and grandparents’ pain meds. It might not seem like this should matter, but when someone other than the person who is prescribed opiate painkillers uses them, they have no idea how much is safe to take. So, they just take what they feel they need. Then, they take it again. At first, these pain pills might have been easy to come by, but as parents and grandparents become more aware of the crisis, they begin to be more watchful over their prescriptions, or they stop taking them altogether. This means that more and more kids who are hooked on opiates are starting to use heroin because they simply cannot get their hands on the prescriptions anymore.
- Opiates are getting harder to abuse. Turns out that even pharmaceutical companies are trying to do their part to stop the opiate crisis. They are making many of their pills harder to crush, which means that it’s harder to use them to get high off of, and that is creating a huge market for potential heroin customers.
What to do if you or a Loved One is Addicted to Opiate Drugs
Now, here’s the big question – what do you do if you or a loved one find that you’re addicted to opiates of any kind? The short answer is: get help. There is lots of really great help out there, and often, it comes in the form of opiate drug rehab. But, there are other options, too.
If you’re scared to tell your loved ones because you think they don’t know, you should think again. They have been walking your addiction with you. They’ve been right next to you the whole time, and they will likely continue to be right next to you, so telling your loved ones should be the least of your worries.
Then, when you’ve decided that you need help, give us a call. We’re going to help you with all the tricky stuff like your insurance coverage, the type of treatment facility you might do well in, and locating the right rehab for your needs. If you’re not 18, have your parents call. You can talk to our counselors with your parents, so we can help you find the best treatment for your needs.
Whatever you do, no matter how you choose the treatment that works for you, consider it. Consider getting help. Opiate addiction isn’t friendly. The drugs, even if they are prescription, are not your friends. They might wrap you in a haze of serenity, but they are not good for you. Overdoses are on the rise, and you probably know how dangerous your habit is becoming, so why not take steps to overcome it now?
Opiate drug rehab has made some tremendous strides in treating an addiction to prescription pain medications, and heroin. They’ve got all kinds of really great new therapies, and for many, attending rehab is more like taking a break from the nasty reality of life, and getting things back in order. It can be the same for you. You can create your beautiful life however you want it to be and now is your chance. So, why not get in touch with us today? You can call, or you can fill out our contact form and one of our trained, caring, professional counselors will give you a call as soon as possible. You need to overcome your addiction, and we can help you take that terrifying first step.