When you think of a prescription drug addict, a doctor probably wouldn’t come to mind. Actually, it is quite common for physicians to become addicted to prescription drugs. In fact, it has been found that some medical specialists have higher rates of addition, which may be due to the kind of practice that they are in and the kind of access they have to these types of drugs. Physicians are usually able to outsmart the systems to hide their drug use. Other doctors become addicted as a result of taking pain medication after a surgery, which is quite a common occurrence with people in general.
Once they are addicted, many feel ashamed and embarrassed to come forward about their addiction and get help. So, they keep it to themselves and the addiction spirals out of control. One doctor put it this way, “If you have a lump in your breast you’re likely to go to a doctor and be treated. If you have chest pains, you’re going to go to your doctor and say, ‘I’m having a heart attack.’ If you’re a drug addict, because it’s the only disease you can get yelled at for having, you aren’t going to go to anybody, you are going to withdraw into yourself and your addiction is going to get worse.”
How Do Prescription Painkillers Cause Addiction
Anyone can become addicted to prescription drugs; even physicians. Prescription painkillers work by fastening to receptors in the brain to reduce the perception of pain and in turn create a feeling of euphoria. These particular types of drugs can cause physical dependence and my lead to addiction in some people. Someone who is abusing prescription painkillers may take a larger dosage in order to achieve a more euphoric effect and lessen withdrawal symptoms. Often, people who are becoming addicted to narcotic painkillers believe they need more of the drug because their pain is getting worse. But the worsening is often a result of the painkiller use itself.
The ups and downs of a developing addiction cause physical behaviors such as overuse of an injured part of the body, poor posture resulting from a lack of sensation when in positions that would otherwise be uncomfortable, and a lack of moderate exercise that would otherwise strengthen the weakened area. Instead of correcting these bad habits, the person will often just take more painkillers, creating a vicious cycle of physical neglect being concealed by the effects of the drugs. Opioids can quickly cause tolerance to occur.
As a result, people who regularly take these painkillers find that they need to take higher and higher dosages of the drug they are on in order to get the same effect. In addition to physical tolerance, people develop psychological tolerance as they become desensitized to the effects of the drug. Tolerance is one of the key signs that addiction is developing.
Prescription Painkiller Addiction Signs
Fortunately, there are warning signs that can alert you that someone you know is suffering from addiction to opiates. These may include:
• Weight loss/gain
• Change in general appearance such as facial puffiness
• Drunken behavior
• Change in eating habits
• Disturbed sleep patterns
• Individual may seem distant and have an blank look
• Criminal behavior
Contact Narconon for more information on treating drug addiction. Narconon specializes in handling prescription addiction and seven out of ten graduates are able to stay permanently free after completion.
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