Unfortunately, addiction to prescription pain medication is all too common in the United States. It’s not difficult to imagine how this might happen. Pain pills produce effects of euphoria, and they are effective for pain relief. At least, that’s what they make you think.
The truth is when you feel the pills have helped your pain, all they have really done is prevent you from feeling the pain that would still be there because of an underlying issue with your body. Pain pills do nothing to solve that issue. They actually make it more difficult for patients to treat the actual issues in their bodies because they become dependent upon these medications and never want to solve the problem.
If you are addicted to pain medication, do not lose hope. Pain medication addiction (just as any addiction to destructive substances) can severely damage your life. We have all known people who have lost their jobs, their relationships, and sometimes even their lives due to an addiction to narcotic pain medication.
So what is the solution? Some people will direct you towards drugs like methadone and buprenorphine as they make it so that other opiates will have no effect. However, we feel that this is simply replacing one dependency for another. These drugs are often more difficult to get off of than the opiates they are meant to help people stop.
Detoxification and rehabilitation is the only way. Visiting a rehab center like The Recovery Village and then finding a support group like Narcotics Anonymous is going to be essential. You can also visit websites such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website. Help is available to you if you want it. But you have to be willing to take that first step.