Quitting Painkillers Could be Life or Death

Painkiller addiction seems to be an increasing problem in our society, and it’s certainly receiving more media attention than ever before. Many people who have been prescribed painkillers for legitimate purposes have become addicted because of a lack of understanding about the dangers. When they first try to quit painkillers, they find it’s much more difficult than they’d imagined. Prescription painkiller abuse is far too common, and many different types of people become addicted to painkillers, from kids raiding their parents medicine cabinets to junkies to people in business suits who from the outside seem to have everything under control.

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The Epidemic of Painkillers

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Nearly 15,000 people die every year of overdoses involving prescription painkillers.

 

PillsIn 2010, 1 in 20 people in the US (age 12 or older) reported using prescription painkillers for nonmedical reasons in the past year.

 

CalendarEnough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for a month.

 

Effects of Painkillers on the Brain and Body

There are many different types of painkillers out there, but most are opioids, which means they have the same effects on your body as heroin. Opioids are central nervous system depressants, and they essentially slow down the nervous system and gastrointestinal tract. Opioids decrease pain perception and increase pain tolerance. They can produce feelings of euphoria. When abusing opioids, people experience itching, slurred speech, dilated pupils, slow reaction time, sleepiness, and loss of appetite. There are serious long term effects with painkiller abuse.

Symptoms of Painkiller Withdrawal

Your body can quickly develop a dependence on opioids, and when you try to quit painkillers, you can experience a variety of withdrawal symptoms. Your symptoms will range from mild to severe based on the history of your addiction to opioids. Withdrawal symptoms can include restlessness, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, increased appetite, difficulty sleeping, headaches, sweating, or chills. It can take up to 10 days for your body to flush itself of painkillers. When you quit painkillers, withdrawal symptoms can also include depression, anxiety, irritability, nightmares, and cravings. Sometimes these psychological withdrawal symptoms are extremely intense and can last much longer than the physical withdrawal symptoms of quitting painkillers.

How to Quit Painkillers

If you want to quit painkillers, you should never attempt to do it on your own. Quitting cold turkey can be dangerous. You should always consult your doctor before you quit painkillers, and they can help you come up with a plan to end your addiction safely and successfully. In general, it’s best to attend a detox center to quit painkillers. The medical staff can prescribe you medication to help ease the symptoms of withdrawal, as well as monitor your health as you detox. There are medications, such as Suboxone, that can help you quit painkillers by eliminating withdrawal symptoms and blocking the effects of opioids on your body. After you detox, rehab is a great option to help yourself heal after you’ve quit painkillers. Rehab will give you a safe, controlled environment in which you can continue to cope with withdrawal symptoms and learn to adjust to life without painkillers. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help you learn new techniques of managing pain and stress.

While it is possible to quit painkillers with the help of outpatient treatment centers, it’s generally not the best method. Clinics may give out Suboxone to those who are trying to quit painkillers, but there is too much potential to misuse the drug without constant medical supervision, and most people need more support in order to transition to an entirely drug-free life that does not include painkillers or Suboxone. If you want to quit painkillers, it is possible. A good support system is crucial. As you try to quit painkillers, you should ask for help when you need it. Friends and family members who do not abuse drugs should be made aware of your attempts to quit painkillers. Support groups, group therapy, counseling, and other types of treatment can help you stay off painkillers for good.

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  1. Tom says

    Good synopsis. Anyone who is in the “thinking” stages of absuing pain killers – stop right now…Now!…Not tomorrow or next week, or after the bottle runs out…Now…I was hooked on Percocet and Oxy for over three years – and I was alcoholic. Booze and pain killers ruined my life..the lives of my elderly parents (I stole pills from them), and my family ties will never – ever – be the same again. I did get help through detox, rehab and AA and NA….I now have almost 10 years clean and sober…What I wouldn’t do for that time back….You can do it. But do it now…today!

  2. Tom says

    Good synopsis. Anyone who is in the “thinking” stages of absuing pain killers – stop right now…Now!…Not tomorrow or next week, or after the bottle runs out…Now…I was hooked on Percocet and Oxy for over three years – and I was alcoholic. Booze and pain killers ruined my life..the lives of my elderly parents (I stole pills from them), and my family ties will never – ever – be the same again. I did get help through detox, rehab and AA and NA….I now have almost 10 years clean and sober…What I wouldn’t do for that time back….You can do it. But do it now…today!

  3. Tom says

    Good synopsis. Anyone who is in the “thinking” stages of absuing pain killers – stop right now…Now!…Not tomorrow or next week, or after the bottle runs out…Now…I was hooked on Percocet and Oxy for over three years – and I was alcoholic. Booze and pain killers ruined my life..the lives of my elderly parents (I stole pills from them), and my family ties will never – ever – be the same again. I did get help through detox, rehab and AA and NA….I now have almost 10 years clean and sober…What I wouldn’t do for that time back….You can do it. But do it now…today!

  4. Tom says

    Good synopsis. Anyone who is in the “thinking” stages of absuing pain killers – stop right now…Now!…Not tomorrow or next week, or after the bottle runs out…Now…I was hooked on Percocet and Oxy for over three years – and I was alcoholic. Booze and pain killers ruined my life..the lives of my elderly parents (I stole pills from them), and my family ties will never – ever – be the same again. I did get help through detox, rehab and AA and NA….I now have almost 10 years clean and sober…What I wouldn’t do for that time back….You can do it. But do it now…today!

  5. Brad S says

    I have been sober for 15 months now the rooms of AA saved my life. I was an addict as well as a drunk before I totally surrendered… get help and help someone else.. God Bless…

  6. Brad S says

    I have been sober for 15 months now the rooms of AA saved my life. I was an addict as well as a drunk before I totally surrendered… get help and help someone else.. God Bless…

  7. Brad S says

    I have been sober for 15 months now the rooms of AA saved my life. I was an addict as well as a drunk before I totally surrendered… get help and help someone else.. God Bless…

  8. Brad S says

    I have been sober for 15 months now the rooms of AA saved my life. I was an addict as well as a drunk before I totally surrendered… get help and help someone else.. God Bless…

  9. aaron says

    my name is aaron now,but a few years ago u minus well of called me a smart ass drug addicted to pain meds and finally got help as I seen nothing good happening in my life as a result,I ruined trust with my parents and friends. but the thing of it was I did not care,I found myself alone and would only think about myself, my life was going down hill fast,again just like alcohol I could see it coming to the end,and was so dishonest to myself it was not the alcohol no more or pain pills it was my way of thinking,so got on suboxin for pain and went a round with those,slowly tappered myself off and its been a couple years sence abuse,but I still have pain as a carpenter always does,but now as sick as I was I would never want to go back to that,it ruined me and others around me…just now learning how messed up I really was,ya aa,na works to keep u bussy and remember were u been but, u cant live there and go to work…so the best way I found is finding patience and being close to my creator….and plenty of vitamins and work outs…eating properly..just living like god intended me to….its a blessing and is no joke…….so stop what your doing becuz your about ruined unless u just like living that way…alway depending on something to pleas u……its called living and love it,theres no time to waist,no one knows u like u do and u just cant step out of old shoes into new,it takes time to heal…I am glad I am still alive…..

  10. aaron says

    my name is aaron now,but a few years ago u minus well of called me a smart ass drug addicted to pain meds and finally got help as I seen nothing good happening in my life as a result,I ruined trust with my parents and friends. but the thing of it was I did not care,I found myself alone and would only think about myself, my life was going down hill fast,again just like alcohol I could see it coming to the end,and was so dishonest to myself it was not the alcohol no more or pain pills it was my way of thinking,so got on suboxin for pain and went a round with those,slowly tappered myself off and its been a couple years sence abuse,but I still have pain as a carpenter always does,but now as sick as I was I would never want to go back to that,it ruined me and others around me…just now learning how messed up I really was,ya aa,na works to keep u bussy and remember were u been but, u cant live there and go to work…so the best way I found is finding patience and being close to my creator….and plenty of vitamins and work outs…eating properly..just living like god intended me to….its a blessing and is no joke…….so stop what your doing becuz your about ruined unless u just like living that way…alway depending on something to pleas u……its called living and love it,theres no time to waist,no one knows u like u do and u just cant step out of old shoes into new,it takes time to heal…I am glad I am still alive…..

  11. john says

    I need help this has been a long 14 yrs and my cousins going on 3 yrs clean and i’m sure he’s tired of hearing how i wanna get off opi’s FB me if you have any idea’s … johnbigham.336

  12. john says

    I need help this has been a long 14 yrs and my cousins going on 3 yrs clean and i’m sure he’s tired of hearing how i wanna get off opi’s FB me if you have any idea’s … johnbigham.336

  13. Tom says

    After being sober 10 years I had to have major surgery on my back. I had stopped going to meeting and being around my support group. I’m an alcoholic and heroin addict. They doctors put morphine in my IV and my first thought was “Oh yeah! I remember this.” For the nest 15 months I abused Rx drugs to the point that I ended up in ICU on life support because I shut down my kidneys and other organs were failing. I was given my last rights and my 86 yr old parents were told to think about making arrangements for my funeral and if I were to pull threw I would be on dialysis for the rest of my life. By the grace of God I am sober today and healthy and very active in AA and HA. I guess God wasn’t done with me but more over didn’t want my parents to have to bury their son.

  14. Tom says

    After being sober 10 years I had to have major surgery on my back. I had stopped going to meeting and being around my support group. I’m an alcoholic and heroin addict. They doctors put morphine in my IV and my first thought was “Oh yeah! I remember this.” For the nest 15 months I abused Rx drugs to the point that I ended up in ICU on life support because I shut down my kidneys and other organs were failing. I was given my last rights and my 86 yr old parents were told to think about making arrangements for my funeral and if I were to pull threw I would be on dialysis for the rest of my life. By the grace of God I am sober today and healthy and very active in AA and HA. I guess God wasn’t done with me but more over didn’t want my parents to have to bury their son.

  15. Joe says

    Everyone has their own way of working a program. As long as it works for them that’s what counts. John if I can help you any way please contact me at squats0217@aol.com. I can tell you how I got help and maybe it will help you. God bless all and 1 day at a time.

  16. Joe says

    Everyone has their own way of working a program. As long as it works for them that’s what counts. John if I can help you any way please contact me at squats0217@aol.com. I can tell you how I got help and maybe it will help you. God bless all and 1 day at a time.

  17. Pam says

    I went to treatment for 28 days to get off painkillers, then it was prescribed suboxone. It was a night mare for me to get off the suboxone when I lost my job and insurance. No one would help, not my doctor, not the company that makes suboxone, no one. I have been through hell to leave suboxone, it was more difficult than my original detox by far. Now I am trying to pick myself up and find a job before I am homeless. I once was a successful , rescepted teacher. Suboxone wasn’t my friend in the end.

  18. Pam says

    I went to treatment for 28 days to get off painkillers, then it was prescribed suboxone. It was a night mare for me to get off the suboxone when I lost my job and insurance. No one would help, not my doctor, not the company that makes suboxone, no one. I have been through hell to leave suboxone, it was more difficult than my original detox by far. Now I am trying to pick myself up and find a job before I am homeless. I once was a successful , rescepted teacher. Suboxone wasn’t my friend in the end.

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