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SPOTLIGHT ON: Prescription Pills and Addiction by Jennifer Woodson

pills-530373_960_720Prescription pills have many uses and can be extremely helpful for those who suffer from injuries or pain after illness. However, prescription drugs can also be highly addictive. It’s estimated that over 2 million people in the U.S. suffer from substance abuse involving pain medication, and according to the CDC, about 40 people die every day of an overdose. It can be difficult to recognize the signs of addiction after the fact, so it is important to be proactive and know the risks before your doctor prescribes any pain medication.

Drugs like oxycodone, codeine, hydrocodone and morphine can cause significant damage to the brain, according to the American Society for Addiction Medicine, and, if abused, can cause serious injury or death. However, there are many things you can do to stay safe while using pain medication. Here are some of the best.

Ask questions

It’s important to be honest with your healthcare provider and ask questions, especially if you’re pregnant or already taking medications for a chronic illness, as well as answer them. Find out all the side effects attached to the medication and how long you can expect to take them. Will the dosage be lowered over time so that your body can get used to the changes? Does your family have a history of addiction? Giving–and receiving–as much information as possible can help your doctor determine what’s best for you.

Take precautions

In the beginning, it can be a dramatic change to have a prescription pain medication regimen. Any medication can alter your mood, your ability to function at work or behind the wheel of a car, or your sleep habits. It’s important to talk to your doctor if any of these things become overwhelming, and never mix alcohol or other drugs with the pills unless your doctor has given detailed instructions on how to do so. It’s a good idea to refrain from your normal activities if possible until you have a good idea of how the medication is going to affect you.

Never self-medicate

As time goes by, some people become tolerant of their prescription pain medication, so that it takes more and more to combat the pain. Never adjust your dosage or take more than the amount your doctor recommends. Instead, talk to your health care provider and be honest about any pain you are experiencing so that you can find something that works better. Sometimes, the symptoms of addiction are the same as those of withdrawal; a buzzing feeling in the limbs, nausea, diarrhea, headache, and joint pain can all point to addiction. If you feel any of these symptoms and the only thing that helps is to take more of your medication, talk to your doctor immediately.

You may also experience a lack of interest in social activities, work, or school, sudden weight loss, or a change in sleep habits including sleeping much longer than usual. These can be signs of addiction as well.

It can be difficult to know when prescription medication is too much or too little, especially if your pain symptoms interfere, so it’s important to listen to your body, trust your instincts, and ask for help when you need it rather than trying to fix or handle the problem yourself.

Addiction isn’t just physical. It can affect your emotions and psyche, as well. Be aware that drug abuse–even if it is unintentional–can lead to depression or even suicidal thoughts. If you feel you are isolating yourself from friends and family or find that you are not being honest about your drug intake, it may be time to seek help.

Jennifer Woodson enjoys serving the public as a writer for PublicHealthCorps.org. The site is dedicated to putting the public back into public health by serving as a hub of reputable and useful public information on health topics.

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SPOTLIGHT ON: DrugRehab.Org and “The Power of A Spiritual Path” by William L. White

This article written by William L. White and reprinted from www.DrugRehab.Org and is an excellent representative example of the site’s library of expert articles about alcoholism or substance abuse.  For more information visit www.DrugRehab.Org or call 800.750.7892.   Article was originally published on January 13, 2016.   POWER-OF-A-SPIRITUAL-PATHA deep sense of gratitude. ... Read More
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SPOTLIGHT ON: DualDiagnosis.Org

Bipolar Disorder and Addiction  Body-Dysmorphic-DisorderBipolar disorder, once commonly known as manic depression, is a serious mental disorder that is characterized by sudden and intense shifts in mood, behavior and energy levels. Like substance abuse, bipolar disorder poses a risk to the individual’s physical and emotional well-being. Those afflicted with bipolar disorder have a higher rate of relationship problems, economic instability, ... Read More
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SPOTLIGHT ON: DrugRehabConnections.com

Heroin-Addict-900x550Drug Rehab Connections is not a specific treatment facility, instead we are an informational website that connects addicts and their families with they help they need to put their lives together.  Our goal is to help these individuals and their loved ones by providing them with the information and support on different addictions ... Read More
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SPOTLIGHT ON: AddictionGuide.com

Our mission at Addiction Guide is to serve you. By spreading awareness, more and more people can become educated about their treatment options. We understand that there is no perfect formula for recovery. Everyone’s journey is different but we firmly believe that with the right help, a personalized recovery plan can be created for everyone.
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SPOTLIGHT ON: SMART Addiction Recovery

SMART stands for Self Management for Addiction Recovery Visit:  www.smartrecovery.org meeting2SMART Recovery is a FREE self-help program that empowers people to independently recover from drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, prescription drug abuse, sexual addiction and additive problems with other substances and activities.  SMART Recovery sponsors face-to-face meetings around the world and ... Read More
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SPOTLIGHT ON: Public Health Addiction Resources

images-10Public Health Addiction Resources is dedicated to connecting patients, students, and professionals with the most useful healthcare information and resources available.  This website features open access journals, open courses, research organizations, professional organizations and public awareness organizations.  They also offer a blog.  For more information visit www.publichealth.org/resources/addiction or call 281-846-3085.
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SPOTLIGHT ON: RecoverResources.com

rrmarketingRecoverResources.com sells products for recovery from addictions and select mental health disorders.  The site features a wide range of books, training manuals, DVD’s, CD’s, posters, cards and other products.  RecoverResources accepts and promotes products that offer quality and meaning to purchasers at the lowest possible prices.   Orders are fulfilled in ... Read More
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SPOTLIGHT ON: TeenRehabCenter.org

@istock_000024557974_largeThe TeenRehabCenter.org is an online resource that equips teenagers and their families — those affected most by adolescent substance abuse and addiction — with the information and hope they need on the road to recovery. Call 855-972-4072 to get the age-appropriate help your teen deserves.
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SPOTLIGHT ON: www.WITHDRAWAL.org

In most cases, detox is necessary for those who are “in too deep.” These people have no chance of beating the addiction on their own, and require medical attention to take the appropriate steps towards recovery.
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SPOTLIGHT ON: 5 Shocking Facts About Alcohol

Reprinte5-Shocking-Facts-About-Alcohol-Addictiond from an article published at The Dunes of East Hampton, a luxury drug and alcohol rehab center in East Hampton, New York.  Call 877.818.5539 for more info. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ... Read More
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SPOTLIGHT ON: The Dunes East Hampton

The DunesThe Dunes The Dunes East Hampton: New York’s Premier Luxury Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehab Center The Dunes provides a unique and luxurious recovery experience in the beauty and serenity of East Hampton, New York. Our private estate, sleeping accommodations and cuisine are as exquisite as the surroundings and add to the overall comfort and pleasure of ... Read More
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SPOTLIGHT ON: www.TheFix.com

shutterstock_189564308The Fix is a comprehensive, user-friendly online resource for alcohol, drug addiction and recovery news.   Site features daily news, rehab reviews, in-depth articles, living sober section, addiction films, rehab listings, blog and “ask an expert.”
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SPOTLIGHT ON: The Center for Optimal Living founded by Dr. Andrew Tatarsky

2_avatar_1-mdkyqrppo0u2b2qp802ngahhair9hhl4f6lm3e0wsgOur Mission The Center for Optimal Living provides innovative, personalized treatment, based on Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy, for individuals and families with substance use issues, other risky or addictive behaviors, and a wide range of mental health issues. Recognizing the complexity and multiple meanings of these issues, we promote healing and positive change through the principles of compassion, collaboration and empowerment. Our Services We ... Read More
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SPOTLIGHT ON: Mountain Laurel Recovery Center (for men)

family-program-486-325-3Mountain Laurel Recovery Center is a 46-bed drug treatment center for men in rural Westfield, Pennsylvania.  We are located on 35 private acres near the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.  We put strong emphasis on the recovery of mind, body and spirit via programs such as inpatient and outpatient care, detoxification and partial hospitalization.  We also offer extended ... Read More
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SPOTLIGHT ON: Detox.net

382x187xtop-slide-alcohol-detox.jpg.pagespeed.ic.iTIFJ1M7pSYour body is a temple — treat it well.  Discover the best methods of detoxing to free your body from harmful chemicals, drugs, alcohol and more.  Call 888-509-8965 or visit www.detox.net.
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SPOTLIGHT ON: 1800ADDICTS.COM

Woman4Let Us Help You Find the RIGHT Addiction Treatment Center At 1-800-ADDICTS, we work with the highest-level, cutting-edge drug rehab centers and addiction treatment facilities for drug and alcohol addiction and co-occurring disorders. We are committed to connecting individuals struggling with substance abuse and addictions to the highest standard of care in every aspect of treatment, service, accommodations ... Read More
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SPOTLIGHT ON: Valley Recovery Center of California

valley-recovery-center-california-sacramentoValley Recovery Center of California is a 42-bed drug treatment center in Sacramento, California.  Our programs are a cognitive behavioral therapy skill building focus.  Our treatment programs include detoxification, inpatient and outpatient care, dual diagnosis, partial hospitalization and 12-step programs.  Each patient will meet with a therapist privately once each ... Read More
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SPOTLIGHT ON: Victory Addiction Recovery Center

victory-addiction-recovery-center-mind-body-soul1Victory Addiction Recovery Center is a 26-bed drug treatment center in Lafayette, Louisiana.  We offer treatment programs including detoxification, dual diagnosis, partial hospitalization, inpatient and outpatient programs and 12-step meetings.  We accept most insurances both in and out of network.  Melanie Courville serves as our CEO.  http://www.myvictorycenter.com  
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SPOTLIGHT ON: Great Oaks Recovery Center

great-oaks-hope-support-recovery-videoGreat Oaks Recovery Center is a 32-bed luxury drug treatment center in the greater Houston, Texas area.  Our private 50-acre ranch offers treatment programs such as detoxification, dual diagnosis, partial hospitalization, inpatient and outpatient programs and extended care.  We accept most insurances both in and out of network.  Dustin Whitesell serves as ... Read More
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