The statistics are startling. Opiate addiction is the most deadly addiction—meaning people that abuse pain pills, such as Vicodin or Oxycontin, are more likely to die as a result of their addiction than those addicted to other substances. The amount of people addicted to cocaine and heroin combined is less than the number of people addicted to prescription opiates. For the first time in the history of the United States, more people are dying of drug overdoses than car accidents. The number of babies born addicted to opiates has increased 300% in the past 10 years. Almost everyone has been effected either directly or indirectly by pain pill abuse.
Although legal steps have been taken to address the rampant abuse of pain pills, we are still left dealing with the devastating consequences. These steps may deter potential users, but that still leaves thousands of men and women stuck in the throes of their addictions. Fortunately, there is a way out.
The Steps to Overcoming Pain Pill Abuse
The first step to overcoming pain pill addiction is medical detox. After detox, treatment begins. Residential treatment for 30 to 90 days helps clients adjust to the changes that come with sobriety and grow strong in their recovery. Once the physical dependency is overcome, it is time to treat the underlying issues and mental and emotional dependency. This is done through a variety of therapies, dual diagnosis treatment, trauma therapy, family counseling and 12 Step meetings. For those that first became addicted as result of searching for relief for chronic pain, they can also explore alternative pain management techniques. The next step is outpatient treatment and sober living. For clients that have been using for a considerable length of time, it is important that they really give themselves the opportunity to heal and don’t try to rush their recovery. A common concern of addicts in early recovery is that they have to get back to their lives. This is part of their denial and one of the ways addicts underestimate the severity of their disease because the truth often is that whatever people and things they have not yet lost to their addiction, they will if they try to rush their recovery and return home before they are ready.
Recovering Souls is a drug treatment placement service. We specialize in placing individuals in treatment centers that are tailored to their needs.
If you or someone you love is struggling with pain pill abuse, call Recovering Souls today at 1-800-832-5250.