Opiate Prescription Drugs Pose Greater Threat than Ever

The news media are finally carrying stories that educate Americans about the threat to their children and their communities from prescription drug abuse. In city after city, the number of people losing their lives to painkiller overdoses is hitting all-time highs. In Pittsburgh, the Post-Gazette reported on the hundreds of millions of prescriptions that are being handed out for this type of drug.

One of the most tragic results is the addiction of newborn babies to mothers who were using or abusing these drugs. Each year, more than ten thousand babies suffer withdrawal symptoms from this cause.

This statistic raises the point that perhaps too many drugs are being prescribed without enough care to prevent addiction. Some people say that doctors do not have enough training on providing pain relief or on detecting drug-seeking-behavior. And then too, addicts who crave drugs more than food or shelter become experts at lying and manipulating so they can get the drugs they feel they need.

Education is Needed at Many Levels

Many people don’t realize how much the pain relief aspect of medicine has changed since the 1990s when these new painkillers hit the market. Undoubtably, the pharmaceutical companies were behind the many articles that hit doctor’s magazines, complaining that there was not enough treatment for pain. Medical societies and new associations of pain relief specialists also trumpeted this news. So this is the primary education many doctors have on pain relief and opiate drugs. 

The public has even less education than this. They usually only know what the doctor tells them. If they go back to the doctor and say that the painkiller is not any longer handling the pain, they don’t realize that this is a sign that can lead to addiction. The doctor may now know that this is a problem, either. So the dosage may go up again and again, until the patient is fully addicted to the drug. 

When these dosages climb, a person may resort to getting more drugs illicitly, if a doctor does not “cooperate” with more pills. The person may lie, saying the pills were lost. He may go to the emergency room, trying to get more pills. 

But if both the public and doctors were better educated, these drugs could be used for a short-term, just while the pain was addressed. A person who had no choice but to be on a long course of painkillers would at least be fully informed about the risk of addiction and the repercussions of being addicted. 

Instead, we have a situation like the one in which Purdue Pharmaceuticals could improperly market their painkiller Oxycontin, claiming it was not addictive and promoting off-label uses. Originally this drug was supposed to be used for serious and severe pain, like cancer pain. But it came to be used for things like backaches. Eventually, Purdue Pharma executives were fined more than $630 million but the damage was done. Many people were already addicted to the drug and many others lost their lives due to the overdoses that were so easy with this drug. 

Trusting in a Drug Rehab 

When a person realizes that an addiction to an opioid (synthetic drug similar to opium) exists and he (or she) wants to get clean, he is going to need to find a drug rehab program to trust with his recovery. Some families find a local short term program for a loved one who has been abusing opiates and opioids but are disappointed by the results. For a person who has recently become addicted and did not experience great loss or damage, a short-term program might work. 

But just because of the nature of addiction, most people hide this condition and continue to abuse drugs. The intense cravings make it seem essential to do so. This is how and why manipulation of others becomes a way of life for nearly all addicts. So addiction can continue for many years, and usually does, before help is found. 

At Narconon Arrowhead, you have a drug rehab program with a long history of bringing about sobriety and more than 150 staff who understand how to help a person recover from addiction. Many staff are certified addiction recovery specialists and key staff have been at this facility for a decade or longer. What a person gets at Narconon Arrowhead is far more than just some “clean time” before they go home. 

They get a thorough detoxification that program participants say helps reduce or even eliminate cravings. They learn sober living skills that support them in building and maintaining a new, sober life. And you get a history of more than 45 years of converting addicts to new, sober individuals who have the ability to live a productive, enjoyable life. 

Some programs will tell you that relapse is part of recovery, but at Narconon Arrowhead, there is the knowledge that seven out of ten graduates will find lasting sobriety. 

This is a program that works without giving the person in recovery any more drugs, that is based on addressing the root causes of addiction. Learn more today by calling 1-800-468-6933.