Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Prescription Painkiller Dependency

Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

We have nothing if we do not have our health.  Life begins and literally ends with our health.  Unfortunately, many people are not very healthy.  Sometimes this is because of genetics and/or environmental factors.  Often times, it is self-induced due to behavioral choices such as poor diet and a sedentary life style.  The good news is those types of behaviors can be changed and health is often restored. 

But what do you do when your health isn't restored?  What do you do when you're doing all the right things and still your health is suffering.  These are hard questions that don't have easy answers.  For many people, one answer becomes prescription painkillers. 

I once had a dental procedure to fix a root canal.  I was very thankful for the medications they gave me afterwards to control my pain.  Thankfully, I did not need them for very long.  But what if I did need them?  And what if I got addicted to them?  How would I get clean and stay clean?  Could I just wean off them slowly or just quit cold turkey? 

As the picture quote above states, prescription painkiller dependency is at an all-time high.  Why?  Because it is very easy to go to a doctor and fake some sort of ailment in order to get a prescription of your favorite opiate.  In West Virginia, we have even heard of elderly patients who get prescriptions (a.k.a. 'scripts') from their family physician and then turn around and sell them to their neighbors!

At The Coleman Institute, we understand prescription painkiller dependency very well.  For example, on average, most people cannot complete a slow taper on their own.  It usually takes 7-10 days to complete and most people cave in and use drugs again by day 3 to day 5 because it is just too difficult.  Dependency is no joke and chronic pain isn't either.  We believe, however, that being chemically addicted to prescription painkillers is not the way to live life.   

We are here to help!  If you or someone you know needs to detox off opiates, alcohol, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869. 

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