Tips and tricks to help you beat an addiction to prescription painkillers

Each and every year, millions of people turn to prescription painkillers to help them recover from injury, to help them lead productive lives when faced with chronic pain, and to help them quickly heal after surgery and without these drugs their lives would be miserable or even intolerable. Yet some of these will end up addicted to painkillers.

According to the Office for National Statistics 5.4 per cent of Britons aged 16-59 have misused painkillers in the past year. That makes a staggering total of 1.8million abusers in total – including more than half a million under the age of 25. Many of these people are addicted to prescription painkillers, and almost all of them have a significant challenge in front of them trying to beat this addiction all on their own.

Thankfully, when you understand the “do’s and don’ts” of beating painkiller addiction, you’re going to be in a much better position to come out on top of this oftentimes embarrassing situation without the monkey of addiction hanging over your shoulders any longer.

The first step is admitting that there is a problem to begin with

Admitting that you are facing a significant challenge is the first step down the road to recovery, and it is absolutely mission critical if you’re going to have any success whatsoever when it comes to kicking your painkiller addiction for good.

According to the pharmacists at rxexpress.co.uk, painkillers such as codeine phosphate and dihydrocodeineare opiates that provide the brain with sensations of euphoria (chemical markers designed to override the pain that your nerves are receiving), and over time your brain is going to crave this state more and more frequently. This is the belly of addiction, and until you realize that the chemicals inside your body are conspiring against you, you aren’t going to stand much of a chance at getting this beast back into its cage.

Take advantage of help when you have the opportunity to do so

Though you may not feel completely comfortable confiding in your friends, family members, or coworkers that you’re dealing with a significant challenge, you’re definitely going to want to seek out medical assistance ASAP.

The doctor-patient privilege will protect you from any uncomfortable or potentially embarrassing situations, and these medical professionals will know exactly how to wean your body off of this chemical dependency to get you back to your normal self just as quickly and as safely as possible.

Do not try to kick a painkiller addiction “cold turkey”

Though there are certainly some advantages to kicking a nasty habit like smoking cold turkey, when you’re talking about a chemical addiction to drugs as powerful as prescription painkillers, you’re going to be faced with an uphill battle already. Things only become exponentially more difficult (and the potential for relapse much more pronounced) when you try to go through this process all on your own.

You’re going to want to turn to a reliable support system (those that care about you most will be able to help you out the most), but you’re also going to want to turn to modern medicine and recovery programs to assist you when you need their help.

This is often the most difficult part of kicking prescription painkillers to the curb once and for all, but also the most rewarding. Take advantage of the opportunities available and you won’t have to worry about those tiny little pills controlling your life any longer.

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