Painkiller Dependency

Painkillers, which come in a variety of forms, can produce intense highs. They could be opioids or morphine derivatives, and while most individuals take a prescription form of these drugs, users can find illegal, street versions of them as well. Painkillers usually give users a powerful euphoria along with feelings of drowsiness, sedation and warmth. Tolerance is an issue with these drugs, and users will quickly need more drugs to produce the same high. With dependency comes abuse and addition, and both can have devastating physical and emotional consequences, leading to overdose and even accidental death.

An untreated painkiller addiction poses a variety of dangers. You can easily overdose from the drug since street versions can have varying concentrations, and you could easily take other drugs mixed in your primary drug without knowing it. These factors make overcoming dependency very difficult, and, for this reason, recovery will require a medically-supervised detox and comprehensive rehab. Bayview Recovery can help with both, assisting in your supervised detox and providing you with highly personalized rehab options.

Painkiller Abuse’s Short-term Effects

Your side effects will vary depending on which painkiller you have used, how much you have used and for how long. However, you can expect any of the following symptoms from painkillers:

  • a slower heart rate
  • a slower breathing rate
  • a lower body temperature
  • in extreme cases cyanotic (blue) extremities
  • nausea and vomiting
  • confusion
  • constricted pupils
  • light sensitivity
  • sleepiness
  • dry mouth
  • itchiness

Painkiller Abuse’s Long-term Effects

Abusing painkillers long-term can lead to severe and often life-threatening symptoms such as:

  • brain damage from lack of oxygen
  • memory problems
  • anxiety
  • isolation
  • depression
  • emotional numbness
  • sleeping problems and insomnia
  • cardiovascular issues
  • irreversible liver and kidney damage
  • hepatitis-induced cancer
  • tooth and gum decay
  • decreased appetite
  • malnutrition
  • chronic constipation
  • excoriated skin leading to abscesses, infections and sores
  • diminished sexual desire
  • diminished sexual function
  • immune system deficiencies
  • increased illnesses
  • weakness
  • lethargy

Painkiller Withdrawal Symptoms

Painkiller withdrawal can present varying symptoms that depend on your drug, your dosages and the length of your habit. Whether you have severe or milder symptoms, you will need a medically-assisted treatment as well as rehab.

Painkiller withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • hypertension
  • elevated heart rate
  • respiratory problems
  • emotional numbness
  • nausea
  • abdominal cramping
  • a runny nose
  • chills and sweats
  • body aches
  • vomiting and diarrhea
  • irritability
  • restlessness
  • tremors
  • problems concentrating
  • fatigue
  • insomnia

You Can Overcome Painkiller Addiction With Help From Bayview Recovery

Recovery from a painkiller addiction can be very challenging and impossible to accomplish on your own. You can beat this addiction, however; but first, you will need to break your dependency through detox. Bayview Recovery can help your detox provider, but more importantly, we can provide you with a comprehensive rehab program that will address your individual needs and the circumstances which have led to ongoing use.

You should not accept a rehab treatment that isn’t highly-individualized, and Bayview Recovery has one of the most personalized and focused rehab programs in the nation. Our treatments include a wide range of therapies and also a high staff-to-patient ratio which give us the ability to deliver high-quality, personalized care so you can have an effective and long-lasting recovery.

Call 888.570.7154 to talk to one of Bayview Recovery’s addiction specialists today. You don’t have to let painkillers take over your life. You can break free from addiction and live a joyful life free from drugs and in good health. Bayview Recovery will stand behind you and see you through.