Pain Pill Addiction: Learn the Symptoms

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Discover the Common Pain Pill Addiction Symptoms

Getting help for yourself or a loved one struggling with an addiction to prescription pain medication starts with understanding the signs and symptoms of addiction. There are many signs of an addiction to opioid pain relievers, which can vary from person to person. Some of the most common pain pill addiction symptoms include:

  • Mood changes such as anxiety and depression
  • Odd sleeping schedules
  • Losing interest in activities that you used to enjoy
  • Getting multiple prescriptions for pain pills even though it’s no longer needed

And symptoms of withdrawal such as:

  • Constipation
  • Insomnia
  • Agitation
  • Heightened pain sensitivity

By knowing what the pain pill addiction symptoms are, you can be in a position to help yourself or a loved one to overcome an addiction to opioids. In this pursuit, the individualized treatment programs provided by Discovery Point Retreat are designed to stop the cycle of substance abuse and to promote long-term success in recovery.

Opioid Use Disorder Symptoms

The pain pill addiction symptoms listed below are based on the guidelines to determine whether there is an addiction present, as defined in the DSM-V.

Common symptoms of opioid pain pill addiction:

  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms
  • Building a drug tolerance resulting in higher and higher quantities of the drug needed to achieve the same euphoric effect
  • Using more pain pills than prescribed on a regular basis
  • Craving or desire to take more pain pills
  • Continued drug abuse despite legal or social consequences
  • Important responsibilities are neglected
  • Preoccupation with getting more drugs, using it, and recovering after using
  • Continued use despite the decline in health or overdose scares
  • Risk-taking behaviors when under the influence, such as driving
  • Unable to stop or slow down the use of pain pills
  • No longer enjoying hobbies or fun activities without substance use

If these addiction symptoms are present, it may be a sign one should seek treatment. If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms and is looking for help, please reach out. Our pain pill addiction treatment programs are designed to address the root causes of substance abuse. We teach productive and healthy coping techniques for dealing with negative emotions and situations, by showing you how to identify triggers and stressors. You’ll be given tools for relapse prevention that will help you stay on track in your recovery. Call us today at (888) 981-6920.

Pain Pill Withdrawal Symptoms

While withdrawal symptoms do not necessarily signify substance abuse, they do indicate physical dependence that can be difficult to overcome. Withdrawal symptoms may be experienced due to drug misuse or prolonged use of medication. Due to their powerful nature, pain pill withdrawal symptoms may be present even in those who use opioid painkillers as prescribed. These symptoms are not pleasant and can be a challenge to go through on your own.

When one reduces pain pill use after an extended period of use or abuse, they may experience the following symptoms as a result of bodily changes that have taken place as they’ve become physically reliant on the substance:

  • Shaking (tremors)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling cold
  • Significant cravings
  • Stomach cramps
  • Insomnia
  • Mood disorders such as anxiety and irritability

These symptoms can persist for up to a week, and they are best managed through a medical detox program. By seeking detox care, one can make the experience more comfortable and to ultimately prevent relapse.

Getting Help for Pain Pill Addiction and Withdrawal

Rehab is in no way one-size-fits-all. That’s why, at Discovery Point Retreat, our team develops a comprehensive treatment plan customized to your unique needs. Our addiction treatment programs are designed to address the root cause of your addiction and give you the tools to maintain your sobriety for the long term. In addition, we know the path to recovery does not end when you leave our treatment facility. Discovery Point Retreat has a large alumni network that you become a part of when you leave treatment and this support system helps you maintain your newfound sobriety.

If you are looking to receive professional help for you or a loved one, please do not hesitate to contact Discovery Point Retreat today at (888) 981-6920 to speak with one of our compassionate representatives about the specialized programs for pain pill addiction that we offer.

Whether this is your first time seeking treatment, or you are returning after experiencing a relapse, the Discovery Point Retreat team is dedicated to helping you achieve sustainable, lifelong sobriety.

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