Painkillers are effective in reducing mild to severe pain. They provide benefits for patients who experience injuries or chronic medical conditions. However, painkiller addictions are on the rise due to the sharp increase in prescriptions. Many patients find themselves in need of a drug rehab program to stop using painkillers.
With all the products that continue to flood the market, it is a good idea to be aware of the most addictive painkillers and why they lead to severe painkiller addictions. Many of these products are advertised and widely distributed both in the healthcare industry and on the streets. Let’s take a closer look at the drugs that lead to painkiller addictions. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact Sunflower Wellness Retreat at 855.730.8825.
Fentanyl is up to 100 times more powerful than morphine. Doctors prescribe the drug to treat patients who have severe injuries or post-surgical pain. It is also used as a back-up drug for a patient who has become tolerant of another opioid. Doctors also use fentanyl as a street drug. In most cases, they add it as a supplement to enhance other drugs such as cocaine or heroin.
OxyContin is a form of oxycodone with an extended-release formula. Patients who have moderate to severe pain can take the medication throughout the day. How long the medication lasts depends on the dosage. Just like fentanyl, OxyContin is also available on the streets as a primary drug or a supplement to other drugs.
Demerol is a brand name for the drug meperidine. While doctors also use Demerol in conjunction with anesthesia, it can also be a post-operative painkiller to treat moderate to severe pain. The most common application of Demerol is for mothers who have delivered a child.
There are numerous names for hydrocodone, including Zohydro, Norco, and Vicodin. Doctors prescribe hydrocodone to relieve pain caused by a surgical procedure, injury, or chronic medical condition. However, it is also popular on the street and may appear as an oral tablet or oral syrup. Addiction therapy programs often include treatment that is specific to hydrocodone.
Morphine is one of the few natural opiates on the market today. Doctors prescribe it for severe or chronic pain or terminal medical conditions such as cancer. Morphine is extremely addictive due to its hallucinogenic side effects. People take morphine using injections, suppository, tablets, or capsules.
Percocet is a popular product that doctors prescribe for mild to moderate pain. It is an ideal treatment for chronic pain that is more or less an irritation instead of a life-altering condition and is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone. It is also a popular drug on the street due to its easy access.
Another natural opiate on the market is codeine. It is perhaps the most accessible painkiller, often found in common products such as aspirin or acetaminophen. The most potent form of codeine is often available in prescription cough medicines. Users can consume codeine in table, liquid, or capsule form.
During rehab, a person may experience a wide range of withdrawal symptoms such as:
- Elevated heart rate
- Anxiety or depression
- Changes in sleep or appetite
A drug rehab program may offer methadone to reduce withdrawal symptoms or cravings. It is highly effective in treating painkiller addictions. However, if not monitored, a person can become addicted to methadone while they’re using it to treat an addiction to another drug.
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Do you have one or more painkiller addictions? If so, now is the time to get help. Our drug addiction treatment program can help you get off of painkillers and stay off of them for good. To find out more about your treatment options, call Sunflower Wellness Retreat at 855.730.8825.