Painkiller Addiction Among Suburban Housewives
Abusing Prescription Drugs
Prescription drugs are prescribed to achieve a variety of outcomes and benefits.
They are often used to help with pain relief, relaxation, or aid sleep.
Some prescription drugs are given to treat mental health disorders like anxiety, depression, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
In medical disorders like these, pain relief is not the main goal, but improved moods and restful sleep may be.
But painkillers are among the most common prescription drugs across the country.
This is particularly true among suburban housewives.
While they may be beneficial in monitored medical environments, many of them are also easy to abuse and extremely addictive.
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Ways Prescription Drugs are Abused
Prescription drugs are easy to mishandle and, therefore, easy to abuse.
One common method where prescription drugs are abused is when an individual takes more than his or her prescribed dose.
This can happen accidentally at times.
For example, if an underlying mental health disorder or a chaotic home environment causes stress and turmoil, you may unintentionally take more than you should because you simply forgot whether you took the right dose already or not.
However, more commonly, prescription drug abuse occurs intentionally.
Mixing prescriptions with other substances or selling or trading them with other individuals is also a common practice.
In many demographics, these activities are dangerous. But, these problems are typically the most common among suburban housewives.
In both our Surprise and Sun City facilities, we can help you address the underlying issues that are leading to this drug abuse to allow for more effective and healthy ways to cope instead.
Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs
Opioids are some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs and prescription painkiller misuse is the second-most common form of illicit drug use in the U.S.
Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications are also common. Mood-enhancing prescription drugs are given generously, sometimes with little consideration for the consequences. This type of drug abuse is particularly common in suburban settings.
Whether your stressors and pains are emotional or physical, there is a prescription for that.
Balancing work and family, expectations, bills, work, and a variety of relationships often leave suburban wives juggling too much and seeking prescription drugs to help them cope with the stress and chaos of everyday life.
But prescription drugs should never replace healthier methods of self-care.
It is easy to fall into the trap of letting a pill take your problems away. Why? Typically, healthier self-care methods and coping mechanisms demand additional energy and time.
Prescription drugs become an escape route before you get the chance to exhaust alternatives. The consequences of these choices can be detrimental to your health in both the short-term and the long-term.
Putting in the extra effort now may be the best thing you could do for yourself and your family and loved ones.
When you are ready for help, our Sun City and Surprise rehab facilities are ready for you.
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Why Opioids are Dangerous
Simple life events are enough to lead to opioid addiction.
You may be prescribed an opioid after you have a tooth removed, give birth, or even pinch a nerve. These types of pains are enough to warrant an opioid prescription and could potentially be enough to permanently alter your life.
Some of the most common opioid pain killers include Vicodin, Percocet, and OxyContin. Other examples are methadone, codeine, and morphine.
Addictive qualities aside, there are other reasons that opioids are dangerous as well.
When an opioid prescription runs out or loses its potency, many people are left seeking alternatives.
Heroin is the most common progression of this particular prescription drug. Heroin produces similar pain-killing effects, as well as euphoric feelings. It is also often cheaper and more potent than prescription opioids. The link between these prescription drugs is both strong and troubling.
Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction
Prescription drug abuse often starts with opioids when you take more of the drug than you’re prescribed.
Opioids are often involved in drug abuse simply because they are easy to obtain and to abuse. When prescribed, opioids are usually only suggested for very short-term pain relief. But it is not always short enough. Opioid abuse can evolve into addiction within the course of one prescription, even if you take it as advised.
When your anxiety and physical pain are relieved, it is easy to want more. The problem is that you will continue to want more until you become addicted and cannot quit on your own.
You may experience harm to your mental or physical health or even turn to heroin if there is no other option to replace your opioid prescription.
The best way to avoid these problems is to find healthier ways to find relief from your stress, anxiety, and pain. At both our Surprise and Sun City locations, we can help you do this. We can also provide supervised medical detox to help you safely withdraw before identifying root causes and building healthier habits.
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Disorder and Overdose Rates Related to Prescription Drugs
One of the most dangerous things about prescription drugs is the common misconception that a prescribed medication cannot be bad for you if a doctor gave it to you.
Many prescription drugs lead to physical dependencies, addictions, and life-altering consequences. Approximately 1.7 million people in the United States had disorders related to prescription opioids in 2018.
And for many, it did not end there. In the same year, 526,000 individuals suffered from a heroin use disorder. And with about 80% of heroin-users reporting that they misused prescription opioids first, the connection is pretty clear.
Another concern is that many people who are addicted to prescription drugs also become addicted to other substances.
Opioids are often mixed with benzodiazepines or alcohol. These can be deadly combinations, as they increase the risk of accidental overdoses. Prescription opioid overdoses killed 41 people per day in 2018 in the U.S. The year ended with a total of 15,000 prescription opioid overdose deaths.
Treatments for Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction
Getting to the root of your addiction can help you improve both your mental and physical health and avoid many related complications. This will be one of the primary focuses in your rehab program in either Sun City or Surprise. You will learn ways to manage your stress, anxiety, pain, or anger, as well as effectively managing your prescriptions. We will provide the knowledge, tools, and techniques you need to succeed.
From there, you can use these to commit to a healthy, sober life. You will also build support systems here that may last a lifetime. Our customized treatment programs are well-rounded, holistic, and proven. Your program will include a variety of therapeutic methods, holistic remedies, and more. You will have access to everything from various therapies to nutritional guidance and exercise classes. Call our team of professionals today to begin building your customized program.
Paying for Prescription Drug Addiction Rehab
Paying for addiction health care should not prevent you from receiving it. At both our Surprise and Sun City facilities, we accept most major health insurance providers, including Medicaid. Your program may be covered in its entirety. Call our addiction specialist today for your complimentary insurance verification. If you do not have insurance, we are happy to discuss alternative payment options too, as your health and sobriety is our top priority.
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Emerald Isle Prescription Drug Addiction Rehab Centers
When you choose an Emerald Isle rehab program in either Surprise or Sun City, you are choosing a dedicated team that will do everything they can to help you improve your life.
Remember, you do not have to face your addiction or your recovery alone.
From your first phone call with Emerald Isle all the way through your aftercare planning and services, we will be with you every step of the way.
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