How to Overcome a Painkiller Addiction | Addictions

How to Overcome a Painkiller Addiction | Addictions

In my practice at the care and treatment centers
in New York City, I have a lot of people coming to me who were prescribed pain medicine by
their doctor and they subsequently became addicted to it. What that means is they developed tolerance
to it that required them to take more and more of it over time and now they are terrified
of going off of it because they will go through withdrawal and they can’t even imagine living
their life without this pain medicine. What has to happen in that situation is we
need to bring in a medically trained professional who can oversee a detox from the drug and
then we get the person in a program of recovery, so it’s not that we’re just going to completely
rip the drug away from the person. We are going to put them in a program where
we will decrease the amount of drug they are taking, supplement that with perhaps some
other form of medication that will eliminate their withdrawal symptoms and then give them
something else that will enable them to manage their physical discomfort and their emotion
discomfort. The emotional discomfort that comes from this
sense that they profoundly need this, that this is what they need in order to function
in the world. So uh, treating uh addictions to pain medicine
is very doable. It’s something we have enormous success in
doing and if you think that you have a problem with pain medication, it’s important that
you contact a professional and get some very solid, very grounded advice on going about
treating it.


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