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Opiate Addiction Treatment Can Help Patients To Face Life Again

By Paul Peterson

One of the scourges of modern society is the large number of people that are addicted to substances. Many people think that addicts are people that abuse drugs, alcohol and other substances that are illegal. A very large number of people are totally dependent upon prescription pain killers and many of them will be indignant if they are described as addicts. It is medicine, after all. Only after professional opiate addiction treatment will such addicts learn how to lead normal, healthy lives again.

International health organizations have warned that dependency upon prescription painkillers is on the rise across all boundaries. Pain killers are readily available and a huge black market for these substances have developed. One problem is that so many doctors simply issue a prescription when asked to do so by the patient. Many patients abuse prescription pain killers, thinking that they are simply medicine and they do not realize the danger they pose.

One of the problems with opiate abuse is that there are often no tell tale signs as is the case with many other addictive substances. Addicts often regularly complain of severe pain, thus justifying their ongoing need for prescription pain medication. They may even resort to seeing different doctors in order to hide their dependency and they will buy their pain killers at different places every time.

The biggest problem faced by rehabilitation experts is that their efforts will have no effect whatsoever if the patient does not admit that he has a serious problem and that he requires professional help. Patients are therefore only allowed to join a rehabilitation program after they have been assessed thoroughly. If they are not motivated to overcome the dependency precious resources will be wasted.

The first and often most difficult part of rehabilitation is the detoxification of the addict. Patients experience withdrawal symptoms, pain and often other side effects such as insomnia, nausea and excessive sweating. In addition, many patients become depressed and demotivated. During this phase medication to alleviate the side effects is prescribed only if truly deemed necessary because the patient must learn that medication cannot always solve problems.

After detoxification the patient is taught how to cope without the addictive substance. Both individual and group therapy is used to teach patients how to live healthier. They learn about healthy diets, balanced exercise programs and alternative methods of dealing with pain and stress. Much time is also spent on pointing out the many benefits of leading a life free from addictive substances.

It is a sad reality that many patients fall back into their old habits very soon after completing a rehabilitation program. This is why it is vital to encourage them to join groups where they will receive encouragement, support, advice and even friendship. They need to know that help is available at all times and that they are loved and cherished by their families.

Addiction to any substance is difficult for all parties concerned. There is no shame in admitting such a problem and asking for help. In fact, admitting that there is a problem is a sure sign of inner strength. The earlier help is sought, the better the chances of living life free of drugs.

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