Quick Facts About Prescription Pain Relievers
Aside from tobacco, alcohol – Painkillers are one the most commonly abused drugs by teens & adults.
Signs & Symptoms:
Loss of appetite Weight Loss Nausea Headache Paranoia Confusion Runny nose Red eyes Mood swings Persistent cough Forgetfulness Social isolation
Short – Term Effects:
Opioids can produce drowsiness, cause constipation, and could affect a person’s breathing ability depending on the amount taken. In fact, taking one large dose could cause severe breathing complications or even death! Mixing pain relievers with alcohol can slow breathing down even more. When pain medications are mixed with antihistamines, barbiturates, or benzodiazepines could potentially lead to life-threatening respiratory complications.
Long – Term Effects:
Long-term effects of pain medications: Severe Respiratory problems, including more episodes of pneumonia. Liver and heart damage can also occur. Some experience infections in the heart valves.
Are you or a loved one suffering from an addiction to prescription pain relievers? Recovery is possible and there is Hope. Many in the middle of their addiction don’t recognize the signs and symptoms of their addiction. The first step is to realize there is a problem and that help is available. Some choose to enter a Residential Treatment facility; others find that Outpatient Therapy is sufficient to successfully kick the habit and remain clean. Recovery is not over once a person completes treatment. Aftercare Services are also available to help provide group support as you learn to deal with life on life’s terms.
Remember you are NOT alone – The road to Recovery takes time, effort, & determination.
For more information please contact Rhonda Lazenby at BK Professional Counseling Center 704-662-3923