Living with pain can be unbearable and sometimes the need for prescription medication is necessary. In fact, it was estimated that out of every 100 people living in the state of Maryland, 45 of them had an opioid prescription in 2018. It could very well be true that this many people were in a serious amount of pain to need the prescription, such as Vicodin®, oxycodone, Percocet®, codeine and fentanyl. But the accessibility has easily crossed over to addiction for thousands, causing a nationwide crisis of opioid and prescription drug abuse. This crisis has touched every community and that’s why it deserves the utmost care and attention.
Opioids & Prescription Drugs
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Signs of Opioid & Prescription Drug Use
If you suspect someone in your life is addicted to opioids or other prescription drugs, here are signs to look out for:
- Uncontrollable urge to use opioids or painkillers
- Erratic sleep patterns or being frequently tired
- Lack of energy and weight loss
- Flu-like symptoms
- Financial problems
- Avoiding interactions with family and friends
When opioids and other prescription drugs are used, they attach themselves to brain receptors which releases dopamine throughout the body. The short-term effects can help people relax and feel good but taking the drugs for more than their intended use can be seriously harmful. From small things such as confusion and sleepiness, to bigger impacts such as coma, irreversible brain damage and even death, this addiction has devastating consequences.
Opioid & Prescription Drug Treatment at New Life
No one wants to be in discomfort due to an injury or illness. But being in the grips of an opioid or prescription drug addiction can be even more painful and life-threatening. If you or someone you love is addicted to opioids or painkillers, turn to New Life for help. We offer medication-assisted treatment (MAT), among other treatment programs and modalities, to help you regain control of your life.