In the past five years, the doctors and staff at the Greenfield Center have seen a large increase in the number of patients who are seeking treatment for pain pill addictions. This particular addiction was greatly affected by the onset of “pill mills” in the state of Florida. Patients with drug seeking behaviors were able to get prescriptions for various pain medications from these clinics with little or no proof that they had any legitimate pain.
Additionally, doctor shopping became a way for addicts to get multiple prescriptions for pain pills. Today, much of this activity has been curtailed by the closing of the illegitimate clinics. In addition, pharmacy computers are interlinked and this has been a deterrent to addicts seeking multiple prescriptions from several doctors. Despite the above mentioned measures taken to reduce pain medication addiction in the state of Florida, patients that we see are buying these medications off the street.
OxyContin, Roxycontin, Hydrocodone and Other Opioid Addictions
There are many pain medications that patients become addicted to. Some of the most popular are OxyContin, Roxycontin, and Hydrocodone. These medications have been referred to as synthetic Heroin, as they have similar affects and act on the same area of the brain. OxyContin, Roxycontin, Hydrocodone, and Heroin are classified as Opioids.
What makes opioids so addictive?
These drugs act on the pain receptors in the brain. The affect is a feeling of euphoria and in most cases, increased energy. With opioids, more and more quantities of the drug are required to achieve the same feeling of euphoria.
Pain Pills and the Body
Pain medicine acts by attaching to opioid receptors in the brain. When these drugs reach the receptors, pain is eliminated. Patients who abuse pain medications may change their method of delivery from oral use to snorting and injecting the medications for an even more intense euphoric affect.
Withdrawals from pain medicine.
Unlike cocaine withdrawals, patients who become physically addicted to these medications will experience severe withdrawal symptoms if they stop using the medications abruptly. Patients that we see in withdrawal often have hot and cold sweats, restless legs, diarrhea, nausea, lethargy, anxiety, and joint pain. These withdrawal symptoms are severe and can last for days. In most cases the addict will return to using as soon as they can score” more of the pain medications. However, when abused, even a single large dose can cause severe respiratory depression and death.
Treatment, Rehabilitation and Recovery from Pain Pill Abuse
The Greenfield Center has been treating patients with pill addictions on two fronts.
1) Suboxone Prescriptions
Typically, we introduce a Suboxone regimen. This is a medication that reduces or stops the intense withdrawal symptoms from Opioids. Usually the phenomenon of craving is eliminated.
Once the patient is stabilized, they can begin the necessary counseling and education to be able to live life without pain medication addiction.
2) Counseling and Education
Cognitive behavioral therapy through group and individual therapy will provide insight to the disease and help identify triggers and cues. Family Group therapy is also provided at the Greenfield Center for family members and loved ones who have suffered along with the pill addict.
It is so important for a person suffering from Opioid addiction (pain pills/ heroin) to realize that they are not a bad person that needs to become a good person. This is a disease that has made the addict sick who now has the opportunity to get well. We can help you beat this addiction with medication assisted Intensive Outpatient Treatment at the Greenfield Center.
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Typical Forms of Narcotics Abused
- Fentanyl or Duragesic
- Hydrocodone, often called Vicodin
- Hydromorphone, sometimes seen as Dilaudid
- Meperidine, aka: Demerol
- Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Percocet, Percodan, Roxycontin