Hope for a Life After Addiction

Hope for a Life After AddictionFor decades, school children were taught about the dangers of illegal drugs: marijuana, cocaine, and heroin were the “evil” drugs kids were warned away from. The nation-wide crackdown on drugs that began in the 1980’s focused heavily on teaching children to refuse those drugs, and on teaching children the dangers those drugs could bring to their lives. For years, no one was worried about legal painkiller addiction, and there were no programs aimed at warning children away from them. As a result, prescription pain killers are currently the drug of choice for many addicts, and have spurred a new fight against addiction to legal drugs.

It can be incredibly easy to become addicted to prescription pain medication. Heavy duty pain killers are often prescribed after traumatic injuries and serious surgical procedures; for the people who take them, these medications are often the only way to make it through the day pain free. Of course, as with most pain medications, patients easily build tolerances to prescription pain pills, and end up taking more and more each day just to reach a tolerable level of pain. It can also be incredibly difficult to stop taking these prescription medications; after relying on them for long periods of time, most patients feel the need to continue taking them, even after the pain from their injuries has waned.

Obviously, reputable doctors do their best to keep patients from becoming addicted to pain medications, and most will refuse to prescribe refills after a certain period of time. But with how easy it can be to buy prescription pain medications outside of pharmacies, those who have become addicted often find themselves battling their dependency on their own. Luckily, there is hope for anyone who, for whatever reason, finds themselves addicted to opioids.

Suboxone is a prescription medication that is used to treat addiction to opioids, including prescription narcotic pain killers. This medication helps ease the transition off of pain medications in two ways. First, it contains a small dose of pain medication itself, to help treat any lingering pain a patient might be feeling. Second, it contains a dose of a drug which helps negate the opioid, or “high,” effects a patient is accustomed to feeling after taking a pain medication. And though this drug does also contain an opioid, after just a couple of weeks of continued use, the patient will no longer feel the euphoria that generally comes with an opioid high.

As suboxone is a prescription medication itself, it does require that a patient be under a doctor’s supervision while on the medication. As such, it is often used as a withdrawal aid in both inpatient and outpatient recovery programs. It is an incredibly safe medication, when used correctly, though patients must be closely monitored by a professional to ensure the drug is working as expected. When used correctly, it’s efficacy rate in recovery programs is hearteningly high.

Struggling with dependence on prescription pain medications is a stressful, dangerous, and often lonely road. It’s easy to believe there’s no way out, and too often, people just give up. But with the help of suboxone, there is hope, and there is a way out of dependence.

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