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Early Signs of Painkiller Addiction

The abuse of prescription painkillers has become a serious problem in our country. And the men who find themselves addicted to these dangerous prescription medications often never believed they could find themselves in the situation they do—especially since many of them started with a prescription from their doctor or physician.

However, the abuse of painkillers is not without consequences. The plain truth is these types of medications can kill in overdose. Windward Way frequently receives referrals to our addiction treatment program to provide help for men 18 – 45 addicted to opioid prescription painkillers.

Some of the early signs of painkiller addiction include:

  • An itchy skin. Nearly all opioid-based painkiller drugs have this side effect.
  • A person hides or keeps multiple pill bottles.
  • An abuser of these types of drugs can appear sleepy, or paradoxically “wired” and energetic.
  • The drug abuser is always short of money, begs, borrows or steals to sustain his habit.
  • Damaged work or family relationships.
  • Frequent use of laxatives. Opiate use causes constipation and slows the bowel.

The yellowing of the whites of a person’s eyes—many prescription painkillers also contain acetaminophen (Tylenol®) which can be damaging to the liver.

Complications and Side Effects of Opiate Addiction

Prescription painkillers like OxyContin®, Percocet®, Opana®, Fentanyl, or Vicodin® are all dangerous to abuse. When used appropriately, they can serve effectively as a way to greatly reduce the pain a patient may be undergoing for a related illness. However, if abused, a full-blown addiction is usually not far behind.

Because these opioid-based medications work through affecting the receptors in the brain that influence comfort and reward, people who have been using prescription painkillers often find themselves using more than what was prescribed to them.  Withdrawal from painkillers can also become intensely uncomfortable—insomnia, profuse sweating, pain, intense anxiety, vomiting, diarrhea, and drug craving are not at all uncommon.

Windward Way’s clinically supervised painkiller detox center and drug rehab can give you precisely the assistance you need to get off these prescription medications. We’re standing by right now to customize a plan for you, the Windward Way. Just call 855-491-7694.