When you pull a muscle, break a bone or suffer any other type of injury, your doctor will likely send you home with a prescription for a painkiller. If you’re like most people, you might think that those drugs are safe and that you can stop using the medication any time that you want. When you can no longer stop taking those drugs, you can get help for your addiction.
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Signs of Prescription Drug Addiction
The inability to stop taking or using a substance is the most common sign of addiction. This occurs because your brain grows dependent on that painkiller and has a hard time surviving and functioning without it. You may also find yourself spending more than you would like on your prescription or visiting multiple doctors to get new prescriptions when you run out. Many people also experience mood swings, have problems being around their loved ones and notice changes in their sleep patterns and appetites.
Types of Treatment
If you worry that treatment will take months and take you away from your loved ones, think again. Suboxone therapy is a new type of treatment that uses a prescription medication to wean you off the painkillers and help you withdrawal from that substance in a safe way. You may also look at treatment programs that let you live at home while still attending addiction classes and meeting with a counselor. Drug addiction treatment lets you recover from your addiction and stop using prescription drugs.