Signs of Painkiller Addiction Union

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If you are struggling with a painkiller addiction problem and need professional help to stop using, Union Drug Rehab Centers can help you. Our drug rehab centers provide quality patient care through the use of numerous research-based therapeutic interventions and principled medical practices. Our dedicated staff is knowledgeable and experienced in painkiller addiction and recovery, and can provide you with effective addiction recovery treatment. You will find that we are friendly and compassionate and will respect your right to privacy. We understand that painkiller addiction can create a host of problems for the addict and his family that can be stressful and counter-productive. We offer you a comfortable, safe refuge at our Union Drug Rehab Centers so that you can focus solely on your recovery. If you suspect a loved one of painkiller addiction but aren't sure, here are some of the signs of painkiller addiction:

Signs of Painkiller Addiction

  1. An individual addicted to painkillers is usually preoccupied with getting their drug and using it. They may begin to doctor shop in an attempt to get several prescriptions for the painkiller medication. They will also lie, or exaggerate, about their pain problems to the doctors in an effort to get more, or stronger, medication.
  1. Painkiller addicts will take their medication more often than what is prescribed and in larger doses. This is because the addict's body has built up a tolerance to the medication and it no longer has the same effects as before. This abuse often leads to addiction and continues after addiction.
  1. Sedation is an obvious clue to painkiller addiction because it is a symptom of opioid drugs. If your loved one is beginning to fall asleep in the middle of an activity, or during a conversation, it is usually a red flag that something is amiss. Heroin (opioid) addicts experience what is called "on the nod" which means that they fall into a deep sleep. This can also happen on painkillers, and breathing can become dangerously slow or stop, causing an overdose, coma or death.
  1. Because painkillers are sedatives, the addict may become lethargic and not be interested in doing activities that he once enjoyed. He won't exhibit the energy level he may have once had, but instead will become tired, sluggish and uninterested in physical activity.
  1. Signs of painkiller addiction also include a decrease in libido and sexual functioning. This occurs because estrogen and testosterone levels are reduced by the opioids in the painkillers.
  1. Another one of the signs of painkiller addiction is a lack of grooming and hygiene. The addict may neglect bathing and his clothing may appear soiled and unkempt.
  1. The painkiller addict may begin to withdraw from family and friends and prefer to be alone to use his drugs.
  1. Borrowing or stealing money for drugs is another common sign of painkiller addiction. The addict may become financially destitute and in his desperation to get money he may engage in criminal activity and become incarcerated.
  1. Neglecting responsibilities can result in the addict being fired from his job, and also create family and marital problems.

Painkiller Addiction Symptoms

The addict will also begin to experience painkiller addiction symptoms, which often include:

  • Euphoria, mood swings, anxiety, depression, psychosis, risky behavior, suicidal thoughts
  • Respiratory depression, sedation, slurred speech
  • Pinpoint pupils, nausea, vomiting,
  • Cardiovascular problems, heart attack, seizures, overdose, coma, death


The first phase of treatment at our rehab center is the medical detox that will slowly remove all painkiller drugs from your body. You will be monitored throughout the withdrawal process and kept stable and comfortable. Our medical team may administer medications to assuage pill withdrawal symptoms that may occur. Some pill withdrawal symptoms that you may experience include:

  • Muscle and bone pain, sweating, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Irritability, restlessness, cold flashes, loss of appetite
  • Increased respiration, involuntary leg movements, tremors, shaking

Our goal at Union Drug Rehab Centers is to assist you in conquering your painkiller addiction, and all its related mental and behavioral dysfunctions. We offer you the support and assistance you need while going through the recovery process. To begin your journey back to wellness today, visit us online at:









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