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A Secret Addiction

Learn the dangers and consequences of narcotic addiction.

It may start as a harmless way to reduce pain or help you sleep. Following surgery or injury, your doctor may prescribe an opioid pain reliever, also known as a narcotic. These drugs block the feeling of pain in your brain. For short-term pain relief, narcotics are safe and non-addicting.

Some people, however, enjoy the way high doses of the medication make them feel and begin to abuse the drug, using it even when their pain is gone.

Unfortunately, drug abuse often leads to dependence and then addiction. Addiction to painkillers, just like addiction to illicit drugs, has damaging consequences.

What’s so addicting about narcotics? What are the risks?

Side Effects

Common narcotics include meperidine (Demerol), morphine (MS Contin), tramadol (Ultram), Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percodan, Percocet), and hydrocodone (Vicodin). If you’ve ever been to the doctor for pain, chances are you were given a prescription for one of these drugs.

Besides relieving pain, narcotics dull your senses and induce sleep. Therefore, impaired judgment and drowsiness are two of the most common side effects of these medications.

You come a narcotics addict because you do not have strong motivations in the other direction. - William S. Burroughs

Abuse to Addiction

Narcotic drugs are wonderful medical option for dealing with pain. If only used for pain and taken as prescribed, a person isn’t likely to become addicted. But when high doses are taken or the drugs are injected, they create an intoxicating high and relieve anxiety. Because of these powerful effects, painkiller addiction is an increasingly common type of drug addiction among men and women.

It starts out by experimenting with high doses of the drug to feel the high and relieve stress. When dealing with a stressful job, marital problems, and demons from the past, the drug gives a few minutes of peace. Then after a bit of time abusing the drug, the user’s body develops a physical dependence on the drug. Suddenly, the person using realizes that small doses don’t have the same effect they once did. More is needed to feel at peace. At this point, if a user doesn’t take the drug, he or she will experience withdrawal symptoms, and the user has gone from dependence to addiction. This brings on craving for the narcotic, which leads to compulsive behavior to get the drug.

Symptoms of Abuse and Withdrawal

You may suspect narcotic abuse in someone if you notice the following: small pupils, shallow breathing, sedation, no feeling of pain, an unusual “high,” nausea, flushed skin, confusion, slurred speech, or constipation.

When someone stops taking narcotic drugs, he or she will soon experience withdrawal. How soon symptoms begin depends on how long a person was dependant on the drug. Symptoms include irritability, anxiety, rapid breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, body aches, excessive mucous, sweating, tremors, confusion, and loss of appetite. While withdrawal isn’t medically dangerous, it’s not a pretty picture.

When the pain of withdrawal is over, the body is no longer dependant on the drug. However, the mind might still be. This is why relapses are common.

Dangers of Narcotic Abuse

Just because a drug is prescribed by a physician doesn’t mean it’s safe. Experimentation with drugs is a foolish thing that can lead to drastic consequences. Overdoses can cause death, and cravings can lead to violence and other criminal acts. A person with only drugs on the mind will do anything it takes to get more of the drug. And there’s a good chance a drug addict will lose her job, end up in financial ruin, wind up in jail, or lose his or her family and children.

There’s Hope

Drug abuse ruins lives. But it doesn’t have to. If you or someone you know is addicted to painkillers, there’s help available. Inpatient and outpatient rehab center are available. It takes a lot of time and dedication, but with the right treatment and care, overcoming an addiction is possible. Don’t give up!