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How to Help Someone Addicted to Painkillers

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There are many ways a person can become addicted to painkillers. Thankfully, there are also a variety of treatment options when they need help. It’s essential to look at a person’s current life situation and make helpful decisions based on the here and now. Blaming someone for an addiction does not help them get better. If a person has developed an addiction to painkillers and has been unsuccessful when trying to quit, it’s time to consult the professionals.

At Silicon Beach Tx, we offer a painkiller addiction treatment program tailored to meet our clients’ individual needs. Contact us today at 213.460.1706 to speak with a recovery specialist who can tell you more about how our integrated wellness programs and services help our clients find a path to lasting recovery.

How to Help Someone Addicted to Painkillers

One of the most vital steps in helping someone with a painkiller addiction is to recognize their problem and take steps not to enable them. Recognizing addiction takes some time, but it will often become evident to the people to whom an addict is closest.

If a person in your household has a substance abuse disorder (SUD) or addiction to painkillers, then it’s crucial that you make sure any prescription medications used by other members of the family in the household are not accessible. Temptation is a huge problem when it comes to drug abuse and relapse.

Common Signs of Painkiller Addiction

Someone with an addiction to painkillers will often display signs and symptoms that deviate from how they have behaved in the past. These red flags can help family, friends, colleagues, and loved ones know when an intervention is needed.

Common signs that a person may have developed a painkiller addiction can include:

  • Restlessness
  • Agitation
  • Excessive sweating
  • Tremors
  • Increased anxiety
  • Mood instability
  • Sleep issues
  • Paranoia
  • Increased isolation
  • Lack of interest in social activities
  • Poor decision-making
  • Failing to change behavior as a result of negative consequences

Commonly Abused Painkillers

While there are several street drugs that people abuse, prescription painkillers are highly addictive. Commonly abused painkillers include:

  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin)
  • Hydromorphone (Opana)
  • Fentanyl

Remember that painkillers and prescription medications can be hazardous when mixed with other drugs or alcohol. People who have developed a problem with pain pills often have issues with polysubstance abuse. Those with polysubstance addictions tend to abuse several drugs, sometimes several at once. Mixing drugs increases the risk of overdose and complicates tolerance, withdrawal, and detox issues.

Dual Diagnosis for Co-Occurring Disorders

At Silicon Beach, we believe treating the whole person is essential. That’s why we focus on integrated wellness. This holistic approach means we treat both the mind and the body. Our mental health counselors work with clients to address core issues that lead to substance abuse and addiction.

It’s extremely common for those who turn to substance abuse as a coping method to have an undiagnosed mental health condition. Proper diagnosis is an essential part of treatment. Once a client knows their diagnosis, creating a more nuanced and effective treatment plan becomes possible.

Common disorders that are co-occurring with substance abuse and addiction can include:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Major depressive disorder (MDD)
  • Mood disorders (including bipolar disorder and panic disorders)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Personality disorders

To help our clients, our practitioners offer a blend of traditional and holistic therapeutic options. These include but are not limited to:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Trauma-focused therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy

Our therapists help clients learn effective coping strategies they can apply to real-world situations in recovery. Sobriety depends on being able to navigate high-risk triggers and reduce the risk of relapse safely.

Reach Out to Silicon Beach Tx to Begin Recovery Today

We are passionate about helping people with an addiction to painkillers find lasting recovery. It’s important to remember that once a person is sober, their life can be entirely different. We work with clients to develop a plan for post-treatment life in sobriety so that they can pursue a healthy and positive lifestyle after completing their stay with us.

If you or someone you care about struggles with an addiction, we encourage you to reach out to us today at 213.460.1706 for more information about our painkiller addiction treatment program. Our services are customized to meet the particular needs of each client. We look forward to helping you on your path towards lasting sobriety.