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Signs & Symptoms of Painkiller Addiction

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Symptoms of Prescription Painkiller Addiction

symptoms of prescription drug addictionPrescription painkiller addiction may be one of the hardest addictions to catch because of its wide range of symptoms. Users often take prescribed medications long after they are needed. They also seek out multiple doctors to obtain large quantities of painkillers and hide the evidence from family and friends.

This puts a strain on the addicts work and social life and can often end in broken relationships and ruined careers.

If you are ready to start your painkiller addiction treatment, Life Works is here to help. You can call one of our admissions professionals at 0800 081 0700 or fill out our contact form.

Signs and Symptoms of Painkiller Addiction

  • Your medication was prescribed for physical pain or ailments you no longer have – but you are still taking the medication.
  • You have fabricated medical complaints or exaggerated your physical symptoms so that a doctor would prescribe you medication.
  • You spend a considerable amount of time going to different doctors – often under a false name - to obtain more prescriptions for medication.
  • You have gone to a number of chemists to obtain over the counter medication.
  • You have started purchasing medication over the Internet. When your medication arrives, you often hide the packaging from your friends and family.
  • You conceal your use of prescription painkillers from your family and friends.
  • Your medication often leaves you feeling a bit ‘spaced out’ or detached – but this helps you feel less stressed in your day.
  • You are suffering financial consequences because you are spending considerable amounts of money on buying prescription medication.
  • A great deal of your time is spent thinking about your next supply of painkillers, planning how and where you can obtain it and who can write your next prescription.
  • Your relationships are suffering as a result of using prescription painkillers – your partner or spouse is dissatisfied with your relationship, your children are neglected or you spend less and less time with valued friends.
  • You are doing less of the things that were important to you, for example, seeing friends or family, going out or enjoying hobbies.
  • You find that your values are slipping and that you are doing more and more things that have previously been against your value systems.
  • You are increasingly preoccupied and withdrawn from those you care about.
  • Your responsibilities at home or work have suffered. Your performance in your domestic or professional life has deteriorated. You are not taking proper care of your children, or your children have to take care of you.

For more information on prescription painkiller addiction treatment please call 0800 081 0700 or fill out our contact form.

Symptomatic denial

Denial is a common painkiller addiction symptom. You may deny that you have a problem both to yourself and to others, by:

  • Minimising the effects of your addiction to painkillers.
  • Criticising those around you for making too much fuss about your prescription painkiller addiction.
  • Concealing your use of prescription painkillers from your loved ones.
  • Considerably underestimating the amount of painkillers you are taking.
  • Placing the blame for your medication use on other people or situations in your life, such as “I take prescription painkillers because my daily life is so stressful”.

Get help

At Life Works, we can help you beat your prescription painkiller addiction. Our bespoke painkiller addiction treatments, expert staff and fantastic residential facility have helped hundreds of people successfully kick their addiction.

If you are ready to start the path to recovery, Life Works is here to help. For more information or to start your painkiller addiction treatment, you can call our admissions professionals now at 0800 081 0700 or fill out our contact form.

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