Pain relievers are opiates, and are prescribed by doctors when someone has had an injury or some type of permanent impairment. With such great pain, painkillers help the person cope and live life as best as possible. However, these strong medications can create a horrible addiction and a new problem.
Unfortunately, some young people are driven to try pain relievers in their mistaken search for a high. They get misinformation in school, and perhaps a friend stole some pills from his parent’s medicine cabinet. Many youth are experimenting with drugs and pain relievers are tried to see what sort of effects they create. And when the person becomes addicted, they often turn to crime to support their habit.
Lortab and Vicodin contain hydrocodone, which is a painkiller. Other drugs that are classified as pain relievers are Fentanyl, Oxycodone, Opana and Morphine. Oxycodone is found in OxyContin, Percocet, Endocet, Percodan and Roxicet.
To be noted, opiate pain relievers give a high that is not unlike that of heroin. Too many turn to heroin after using pain relievers, and this in turn leads to more young people who overdose and die. Prescription pain reliever abuse is not a pretty picture.
Pain relievers typically cause effects that can be easily spotted in an abuser. The pupils will be constricted, the person appearing tired and sleepy. They can get nauseated and even vomit as the drug takes effect. They may feel itchy and have a hard time feeling relief from scratching. Mood swings are common. The abuser will have a poor level of concentration and memory lapses. Their actions and reactions will be slow.
Some take the pills and crush them in order to get a more intense high. If they are doing this, you will find small mirrors, rolled up dollar bills or short straws. If they are smoking it, you will find pipes around. Those who inject it will have rubber tubes, syringes and droppers in their possession.
A person who is abusing pain relievers and becomes addicted may also start committing crimes to get the money they need for their drug. They will neglect the things that used to be important to them – such as family, work and school. They may seem to be jittery and quiet about what they do during the day or night. Their appearance may deteriorate.
Just the nature of the addiction itself keeps most addicts from seeking or accepting help. The withdrawal symptoms are usually so unpleasant that they can’t face the discomfort. They will deny they have a problem, using any excuse in the book to convince a person that they are not addicted. Even when they say they need and will get help, they often are lying just to get you off their back.
Sometimes you need assistance to convince the person to go into rehabilitation. You may need intervention specialists to help with the process of getting the person to agree to go to rehab.
We will help you find a drug rehab that is right for the pain reliever abuser. We can also help you find an invention specialist who will be adept at getting results with your loved one.