If you’re suffering from chronic pain, you may have to walk a very fine line when taking pain management drugs. On the one hand, you need the medication to alleviate your symptoms as part of a doctor-prescribed pain management routine. On the other hand, most effective prescription pain management drugs have addictive properties. Be careful to always monitor your intake and not exceed the recommended dosage as established by your doctor. It’s also important to remember that the stronger and more effective the pain management drug is, the more addictive it usually is. One of the more common reasons people become addicted to pain management drugs is their decision to ignore their doctors prescribed dosage guidelines and exceed and extend their use of the prescribed pain management drug. If you believe you or your loved one may have developed an addiction to pain management drugs, we are here to get you the help you need.
The family of pain management drugs to which patients most commonly become addicted are opioids. Chronic pain sufferers will often take opioids as part of their pain management routine. While they’re often a necessary part of the pain management process, every effort should be made to monitor the patient’s dosage, especially long-term chronic pain sufferers, and cease use as soon as possible when the pain subsides to avoid developing drug addiction. Frequently, best choice for minor pain treatment is an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drug such as Advil, Tylenol, etc. that does not contain any addictive substance like codeine or morphine.
The most immediate way to tell if you’re in danger of becoming addicted to pain management drugs is whether or not you experience physical withdrawal symptoms. Another way to tell is to examine the presence of any severe cravings that you may have after you have completed your doctor-prescribed course of intake. Other behavioral signs are not as telling due to the relative accessibility of pain management drugs—it’s not as if you have to steal money from your family to get them. However if you do something like drive a car, operate heavy machinery, care for a child, or undertake any other task where sobriety is an absolute must while taking pain management drugs, that’s usually an adequate indicator of the size and scope of your problem.
The best way to avoid any danger of pain management drug addiction is to listen to your doctor and to be absolutely honest about what you’re feeling. Remember one of the the fastest ways to addiction is to use these drugs outside the guidelines of your doctor’s orders. If you are taking any opioid pain management drug you should also check with your doctor if any over-the-counter medications are safe to take in combination with your prescribed opioid drug.