One of the biggest problems American health care is the growing trend of narcotic addictions. These narcotic addictions are not the kinds that come to mind when you think of a drug “addict”–but there are people with active lifestyles who have become dependent upon an opiate painkillers through no fault of their own. Due to misdiagnosis or sometimes even simple laziness, physicians are handing out open-ended prescriptions for painkillers.
The result is that people are becoming addicted to painkillers by following their doctors’ directions! This shocking trend is on the rise, and today millions of Americans have become unwittingly addicted to their medications. The good news is that there are treatment options like those offered at Life Springs geared to combat this alarming trend. It used to be that methadone was one of the only ways to wean oneself off prescription drugs. The problem with this is that it creates a dependency on methadone–which, while having less of an effect on someone’s daily life, is still a dependency that does cost money. Today there are many programs that can help to end a drug dependency without creating a new one call (800) 746-0937 or visit Life
Another side effect abuse problem in the medical community today that contributes to the severity of opiate abuse is not created by patients, but by doctors. Few would disagree that opiate drugs like hydrocodone, oxycodone, and methadone are being over-prescribed, but there are also few who can do anything about it.
A large part of this problem stems from doctors lacking time, resources or even experience to treat a number of their patients. When someone is suffering from chronic pain, it can be hard and time-consuming to find a proper course of treatment. Many doctors don’t know how to effectively manage their patients’ pain, and many more simply don’t have the time to be able to attend to these patients in detail. As a result, physicians will prescribe potent painkillers for patients to anesthetize the pain. This simply masks the patient’s pain temporarily rather than treats and more often than not, ultimately causes more pain in the long run. Patients then take the painkillers, unaware that their doctor has no clear objective of how or when to end the course of narcotics, and the patient is soon dependent on the drug.
Opiate addiction is characterized by behaviors of the individual which include lack of control over drug use, compulsive use of the specific drug, continued use regardless of the physical,
emotional and social consequences and continued craving for the drug. A state of tolerance exists in that the dependent person adapts to the effects of the drug over time and consequently, higher doses are required to provide the needed results.
Some of the signs and symptoms of opiate addiction include restlessness, hyperactive behavior, poor physical coordination, inability to concentrate, poor judgment, slurred speech and euphoria. The danger of accelerated heartbeat can result in coma or death. The addict displays marked changes in attitude, behavior and relationships causing personal relationships to deteriorate. Performance at work and/or school diminishes. Lying and stealing may occur. Individuals may steal money from family members to finance their drug use and may also steal and pawn or sell personal items such as television sets, camcorders, jewelry, etc.
Opiate addiction is believed to be a disorder of the central nervous system resulting from continuous use of opiates. Because of prolonged opiate use, natural endorphin's no longer function normally. Endorphins are no longer produced by the body because it is instead receiving opiates. Since specific nerve cells in the brain have degenerated, a physical dependency results wherein the body must have a supply of opiates from an external source. If and when the individual no longer has a supply of opiates, the body experiences the trauma of withdrawal symptoms.
When you are addicted to drugs such as opiates the drug stimulates “receptors” in the brain. When those receptors don’t get the opiates they crave, the brain tells the body and the body responds by going into “withdrawal.” These symptoms, i.e., anxiety, sleeplessness, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, etc., are often accompanied by physical cravings and psychological obsession for opiates. The combination is most unpleasant and symptoms can last, in many cases, for weeks, months and even years.
Withdrawal symptoms vary among people, even those addicted to the same drug. However, it is certain that these will include intense anxiety and a craving for the drug. As this craving is not met, withdrawal symptoms will become more severe, possibly even including depression. In short, withdrawal is a dangerous state, and it is both deadly and ineffective to try and detoxify oneself “cold turkey.” Instead call (800) 746-0937.
“Recover Your Life”! Life Springs Addiction Recovery Services Palm Springs CA has effective programs of recovery for Prescription Drugs & Narcotics Addiction and many other forms of chemical dependency. We specialize in addiction recovery not just treatment. We are designed to do whatever it takes that a person needs to recover. Life Springs offers Legal Liaison/Alternative Sentencing Programs and Services in which our clients almost never see any jail time. Life Springs also provides Intervention Services, Sober Companion Services, for help in getting your loved one into inpatient drug rehab, or live-in help in the privacy and comfort of your own home. Life Springs specializes in providing personalized addiction treatment and recovery care. For those that must go into an addiction treatment center, Life Springs offers CA pet friendly addiction recovery homes in lieu of facilities. Life Springs provides whatever amenities and services are needed to make it possible for anyone to stop their addiction, and recover. If you or someone you know is suffering from chemical dependency please call (800) 746-0937 Life Springs is available 24/7!