Your doctor prescribed you pain medication after you just received a medical procedure or experienced an injury or illness. If you are still taking prescription pain pills after a week, contact your doctor about the safest way to get off of them. Research shows the longer you take them, the greater risk for addiction. It takes only days for the brain to begin to be rewired on opioids .
You may be forming a dependency on pain medication if you are experiencing some or all of these signs:
1. You’re taking different amounts of pain medication than what was recommended by your doctor. You may be taking more than you
should or taking them more often than your doctor prescribed.
2. You’re seeking out more medication from your doctor or by seeing other doctors. You might be lying by saying you lost your
prescription or telling different doctors different things to get more pills.
3. You're seeking out more medication by alternate routes such as buying from other people, stealing medication from a sick relative or
friend, ordering them over the internet, buying them on the street, etc.
4. You think about the medication all the time and have neglected important obligations like skipping work, school, or events.
5. You’re experiencing memory problems, having trouble focusing and feel abnormally tired.
6. You’re apprehensive or even angry when speaking about your pain medication intake.
7. You’re a current or former smoker or alcoholic.
8. You have depression, anxiety, or a mental disorder.
While doctors agree that you should not experience severe pain after surgery or from a serious medical condition like cancer, a plan must be put in place and followed to wean off prescription pain medication.
“It’s silly to say opioids are evil. Pain needs to be treated,” addiction psychiatrist Dr. Laurence Westreich, an associate professor at New York University, told CBS News, “but thoughtful prescribing, patient education, and alternative pain control methods are key to reducing the risk.”
If you think you may be at risk please consult your doctor or call us at Pavana Treatment 704-490-4993.