Painkiller abuse is more common than most people think. While painkillers may seem more benign than illicit drugs because they are FDA regulated and prescribed by doctors, they can be just as addictive. For many, understanding the signs of substance abuse can help them know when it’s time to seek treatment for themselves or someone they love. At Evoke Wellness at Miramar, we believe in safe, inclusive detox in our painkiller rehab program to help patients achieve lasting sobriety.
If you or someone you love is ready to learn more about dual diagnosis substance abuse treatment, we can help. At Evoke Wellness at Miramar, we provide holistic detox and recovery from drugs and alcohol in our state-of-the-art treatment center. Call us now at 866.931.9312 to speak to our staff and learn more about our painkiller rehab program in Florida.
What Is Painkiller Abuse?
Painkillers provide temporary relief from physical pain by blocking pain receptors in the brain. While effective on physical pain, they can also numb emotional and psychological pain, making them especially easy to abuse when someone is managing mental health or unprocessed trauma without professional support.
Like other addictive substances, painkillers increase dopamine levels in the brain. While the brain makes dopamine every day from essential nutrients, high levels of dopamine can be addictive. This can cause a dopamine “reward effect.” Known for feelings of joy, euphoria, and motivation, dopamine can also be addictive. The more dopamine the brain receives from painkillers, the less it will make on its own, causing painkiller addiction. Most times, dopamine causes substance abuse and early addiction.
Common signs of painkiller abuse include:
- Loss of appetite
- Mood swings
Painkillers also slow down the nervous system, which can cause changes in behavior. When painkillers interfere with daily life, it’s time to look into substance abuse treatment.
Do I Need Painkiller Rehab?
Taking any medication other than how it is prescribed by your doctor is considered substance abuse. This can include mixing substances, taking more than the prescription, crushing medications, and getting multiple prescriptions. Like other substances, painkillers will lead to withdrawal symptoms when medications leave the bloodstream. This can cause severe symptoms including:
- Panic attacks
For someone with a co-occurring disorder like anxiety or depression, these symptoms can worsen and persist. Painkillers can be especially difficult to stop taking without medically assisted detox and therapy through a painkiller rehab program. At Evoke Wellness at Miramar, we know patients are more likely to finish rehab and stay sober with medically assisted detox. Our staff administers Suboxone, Methadone, and Vivitrol for safe and effective opioid painkiller detox. Painkiller addiction treatment is the best way to prevent overdose and find holistic pain management solutions.
If you're ready to start your journey to recovery, we're here to help.
Begin a Painkiller Rehab Program in Florida Today
Today, many people feel painkillers solve chronic pain. Unfortunately, they are often a band-aid for underlying issues. At Evoke Wellness Flordia, we’re here to help you uncover the root causes of painkiller addiction, safely detox, and recover for lasting sobriety. Our residential substance abuse treatment programs pair medically assisted detox with:
- Acupuncture therapy
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Meditative therapy
- Yoga therapy
- Aftercare planning
- Extended residential care
- 12-step programs
With specialized treatments for PTSD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and depression, our state-of-the-art clinic focuses on dual diagnosis treatment that works. With individual, group, and family therapy, our compassionate staff is here to guide you through every step of recovery.