No one ever desires to get addicted to prescription painkillers. But unknown to many, popping up the first pill is always their first step towards alienating family, having poor performance at work and potential becoming a small time criminal. With the recent indicating an alarming rise in painkiller addiction in the United States, it’s however not clear what really cause prescription Painkiller addiction. Perhaps one of the contributing factors to the rise of this menace is the fact that the pills are readily available over the counter. It is thus encouraged that people should avoid obtaining and using the pills without a proper prescription form a doctor.
Signs of Addiction to Painkillers
There are many signs that will manifest themselves to those who are abusing the painkillers or those that are already addicted. It is however important to point out that these signs and symptoms will vary from one person to another due to a number of reasons. But that notwithstanding, the following are some of the signs and syndromes you can expect in someone using or already addicted to painkillers:
Dilated pupils or at times the pupil get very small
Vomiting, nausea and constipation
Cardiac or respiratory arrest
Continued use of the drug is also likely to cause dependency on the drug making the user to take large amounts of it before its effects can be felt in the body.
Treatments for Painkiller Addiction
Sudden discontinuation of the use of prescription painkillers is likely to lead in serious withdrawal symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, sweating, agitation, yawning, restlessness and intense craving for the drug. It is therefore imperative that when one wants to stop the addiction or the dependency, they need to seek the services of health experts and possibly a rehabilitation center where they can get detoxified and assisted in overcoming the addiction.
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