People are turning to painkillers for everyday functioning, from waking up, to working, to going to sleep at night. Just to get through a typical day, people are pushing themselves beyond their usual limits. The need to help people manage chronic pain, even when it interferes with their life, is tempered by an opioid crisis that has gotten out of hand in recent months and years. There are legitimate reasons to be afraid as opioids cost people their jobs, relationships, and even their lives.
Taking painkillers is more commonplace than anyone realizes. They may start due to pain from an injury, but it can become dependence or addiction very quickly. Even with prescribed medication, dependence is likely because tolerance builds the more a person uses a substance. It also builds psychological dependence when cravings develop and it is harder to stop. People who struggle with addiction may not be able to manage for very long, including:
- Doing a good job at work
- Managing finances
- Maintaining medical health
- Having a healthy relationship
An issue for many people who use painkillers is they use them just to work. Chronic pain that is severe can be debilitating for many and it can lead them to stop working or find jobs that don’t tax their body as much. It may also lead them to a place where they have to learn how to manage pain and avoid relapse. It is a catch-22 for those who are trying to hold a job but end up addicted to painkillers just to keep moving forward with their careers. Sometimes, just to get out of bed, a person will take painkillers to begin the morning. Some of the issues then become:
- Daily use that leads to long-term dependence
- Seeking jobs or finding opportunities to obtain drugs for addiction habit
- Craving drug even when not feeling in pain
- Spending less time doing things people enjoy so they can seek pills or isolating themselves from others due to drug use
The mental health aspects of feeling isolated and alone, afraid, and anxious about chronic pain management with painkillers can be disruptive to a person’s life. Often, people will struggle with mental health aspects as well as painkiller addiction so this can become even a matter of life and death until they seek help. Dual diagnosis treatment centers are often helpful in this regard and can address these issues, as well as help a person function with chronic pain but not abuse painkillers just to get out of bed and go to work on a daily basis.
A Step in the Right Direction provides quality care for clients seeking support for addiction recovery. We teach people how to live a sober life through programs, therapeutic support, and evidence-based therapies. Our recovery program is staffed by people who understand the power of addiction. For more information on sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call (877) 377-3702.