Do You Have a Prescription Painkiller Dependency?
Most commonly prescribed painkillers (OxyContin, Vicodin, Methadone, Darvocet, Lortab, Lorcet, and Percocet), while offering relief from pain, can also cause individuals’ bodies to start “needing” the drug in order to feel just “normal“.
10 Signs To Watch For Prescription Painkiller Addiction
- Usage increase: increase of one’s dose over time, as a result of growing tolerant to the drug and needing more to get the same effect.
- Change in personality: shifts in energy, mood, and concentration as a result of everyday responsibilities becoming secondary to the need for the drug.
- Social Withdrawal: withdrawal from family and friends.
- Ongoing use: continued use of painkillers after the medical condition they were meant to relieve has improved.
- Time spent on obtaining prescriptions: spending large amounts of time driving great distances and visiting multiple doctors to obtain the drugs.
- Change in daily habits and appearances: decline in personal hygiene; change in sleeping and eating habits; constant cough, running nose and red, glazed eyes.
- Neglects Responsibilities: neglect of household chores and bills; calling in sick to school or work more often.
- Increased sensitivity: normal sights, sounds and emotions becoming overly stimulating to the person; hallucinations.
- Blackouts and forgetfulness: forgetting events that have taken place and experiencing blackouts.
- Defensiveness: becoming defensive and lashing out in response to simple questions in an attempts to hide a drug dependency, if users feel their secret is being discovered.
Resources & Tools
It can be challenging to find solid information resources when dealing with substance use and addiction. A few helpful pieces of advise would be:
Seek out web sources from reliable agencies. If a web-site ends in “.com” it is typically a commercial entity that may be sponsored and may or may not have reliable data and source material, depending upon the particular corporate interests; check for cited sources that are non-biased and science-based.
Web-sites ending in “.org” are most often non-profit organizations or public interest sites; the available information will be in context with the specific values that entity holds.
Sites ending in “.edu” are educational institutions and most data found there has a high chance of reliability due to traditional standards of academic integrity. However, in academia, sources still need to be cross-referenced and non-biased, using quantifiable data from multiple sources.
Web-sites ending in “.gov” are government entities that disseminate proven, reliable information from vetted sources.
Below is a list of websites that are widely sourced and considered relevant to public health and safety: