3 Tips for Avoiding Painkiller Addiction

posts by James Robinson

Date(s) - 08/28/2020 - 08/29/2020
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The opioid epidemic is one that has impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and continues to rage on today. It’s now clear that many painkillers designed to treat acute pain are addictive, causing users to continue taking prescription pills or seeking out street drugs like heroin that are cheaper and offer a similar feeling. While treatment is key for those who have already become addicted to certain painkillers, preventative action is the main focus for those who know that they may be taking prescription pain medication in the future. If you know that you will be taking painkillers for an injury or condition, use the three tips provided below to avoid painkiller addiction.


1. Create a plan of action in case you begin to exhibit signs of addiction.

Although the main goal is to make sure that you don’t develop an addiction to painkillers, having the right resources at your fingertips can help you get help sooner if you find that you have a problem. For example, looking for LA rehab centers and having contact information handy for nearby organizations like CAST Centers can help you seek out help immediately in a crisis. CAST Centers offer several outpatient programs and individual/group therapy options that allow you to get the high-quality care you need for addiction and the many psychological aspects that accompany substance abuse. With a focus on ongoing support and self-development, you can rely on CAST Centers to help meet your individual needs and to guide you through the difficult times that those dependent on drugs face.

Create a plan of action that includes resources like the above so that, should you exhibit symptoms of addiction, you can reach out for help as soon as possible.

2. Find alternative treatment methods to help if your current dose is not sufficient.

It is imperative that you only take the recommended dose instructed by your doctor. That said, some pain like that which you may experience after receiving orofacial pain treatment, can be quite intense. What can you do to cope instead of taking more painkillers? One way to receive the relief you need (or to at least deal with the pain) is to find alternative treatments that can help you cope with the pain between doses. This could entail using natural substances like CBD, over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen or acetaminophen, or physical therapy. If your pain is still extreme, talk to your doctor to figure out how you can better treat your pain without increasing the risk of addiction and dependence.


3. Be open and honest with your doctor about the medications you are taking.

Some people get embarrassed when asked about their medications, especially when the conversation is about a sensitive topic like opioids. However, it is important that you keep an open line of communication with your doctor so that they can create the most effective treatment plan for you. A doctor’s job is to provide the lowest possible dose, keep you on prescription painkillers for a limited amount of time, and work with you as you move forward in the recovery process. However, this is only possible if you let your doctor know what your concerns are, what type of pain you are experiencing, and ask any necessary questions about the medications you are taking. Otherwise, it can be difficult to gauge how you are responding to the medications and whether or not you are developing a dependence on the drugs you have been prescribed.

Most people are reluctant to take prescription painkillers like opioids and for good reason. However, you can gain the pain relief you need with these drugs without becoming dependent upon them. To help prevent dependence from becoming a problem for you, use the tips provided above to prevent addiction and prepare for any prescription painkillers you may have to take in the near future.