How Does Prescription Opioid Addiction Begin?

Prescription Opioid Addiction Statistics from the National Institutes of Health show that more than three million people in the United States currently suffer from opioid use disorder. A significant number of these individuals turn to prescription opioids. The unfortunate truth is that many individuals who develop a prescription opioid addiction do so after being legally and rightfully prescribed the medication. Here is what you should know.

How Do People Get Ahold of Prescription Opioids?

Patients are often prescribed opioids by medical professionals to provide relief after surgery or a serious injury. Patients can be prescribed hydrocodone, morphine, oxycodone, and methadone to relieve pain from injuries. In more severe cases, fentanyl may be prescribed.

Unfortunately, patients may obtain these medications from others if they are unable to receive medications from their doctors. This is quite common in situations where patients feel relief from their medications but do not meet the criteria for receiving a prescription any longer.

What Causes the Prescription Opioid Abuse To Begin?

As patients continue taking prescription opioid medications, their bodies develop a tolerance for the medication. To find relief, patients may end up taking the medication more often than prescribed or at a higher dose than prescribed. As the use of the medications continues, patients may find that they have formed an addiction and are not able to stop using the medication without experiencing serious symptoms of withdrawal.

The Importance of Seeking Treatment

Trying to overcome a prescription opioid addiction can be challenging and, in some cases, extremely dangerous. The effects of withdrawing from these medications can result in dehydration, seizures, and other serious side effects. For this reason, it is vital to seek assistance through our supervised detox program.

Our team of medical professionals will be able to watch over you as your body rids itself of these harmful substances. After detox, we will help you through our prescription opioid addiction treatment program to develop the skills you need to continue on your path to sobriety.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Our team at Resilience Health takes great pride in being a beacon of hope and recovery for our patients. We stand at the forefront of the battle against addiction while remaining committed to providing each of our patients with the tools and resources they need to overcome their addiction and live happier and healthier in sobriety. If you would like to see how our trained professionals can help you take back control of your life, contact our Heber City, UT, office at (435) 261-7878 to schedule an appointment.

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