Painkillers fuel growth in drug addiction
Prescription painkillers kill about twice as many people as cocaine and five times as many as heroin. Nearly two million Americans are dependent on or abusing narcotic (opioid) pain relievers — nearly twice as many as are addicted to cocaine. Because opioid painkillers target the same brain receptors as heroin, causing euphoria, they carry the risk of addiction.
On television shows, drug addicts are often depicted as criminal characters making deals on dark street corners. In fact, people abusing opioid painkillers are most likely to obtain them from friends or family members rather than from any other source, reports the January 2011 issue of the Harvard Mental Health Letter.
Dr. Michael Miller, editor in chief of the Harvard Mental Health Letter, explains that treatment for a painkiller addiction is most successful when it consists of two phases: detoxification to reduce or eliminate withdrawal symptoms after opioid use stops, followed by a longer (and sometimes indefinite) maintenance phase. Although counseling is an important part of treatment, most people addicted to painkillers require treatment a medication such as methadone or buprenorphine during both detoxification and maintenance therapy. Although most people addicted to opioids make multiple attempts to kick the habit, it can be done.
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Over coming Pain killer Addiction
There are many supporting therapies that can help with pain killer withdrawal from Integrative counselling using a collection of personal centred & CBT Counselling to herbal tonics to stop withdrawal symptoms. With any form of addiction there’s a deep emotional problem which the drug seems to help the client escape from, normally these negative thoughts or emotions are suppressed by the addictive drug the client uses. After a long period of time though tolerance increases and the substance misuse can turn to substance abuse. This is where the addict or client have to decide that this emotional baggage needs to be rid of , so that they become emotionally balanced enough to stop the physical withdrawal.