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How can painkillers become addictive?

How can painkillers become addictive?

Brain: Pain meds act on the reward center of your brain which make you want to keep having that feeling. It can also led to accommodation which means your going to need higher does in the future to get the same effects. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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An i addictive to painkillers ? How can I tell?

An i addictive to painkillers ? How can I tell?

Short answer: Addiction is : 1. Loss of control. You can't stop taking them. 2. Use despite harm. Negative effects do not cause you to stop. Most people after long term use will also have: 1. Tolerance. Less and less effect 2. Withdrawal. A physiological response. See you doctor and ask him for assistance. ...Read more

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How to stop my addiction to painkillers?

How to stop my addiction to painkillers?

Painkillers addict.: You need a few steps to help you withdraw from using the drug(s) as quickly and safely as possible. Withdrawal side effects of painkillers meds can range from relatively minor to severe. The amount of painkiller you need will be calculated, and you may be put on a substitute medication. Rec.: see a therapist, joint a support group, get treatment and seek treatment for other comorbidities. ...Read more

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What to do if I have painkiller addiction?

What to do if I have painkiller addiction?

Get help: The Medical University of South Carolina has a very strong Addiction Treatment department run by Dr. Katherine Brady, and they would be a good place to start. Many kinds of treatment are available, depending on what you are using, for what reasons, and for how long. Short and long-term detoxification, drug-free, and maintenance treatments are available, as well as residential programs & NA/AA. ...Read more

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Are there any strong painkillers that aren't addictive & don't constipate you ?

No: Pain relievers usually refer to opioid medications - morphine like. Unfortunately not. The stronger the pain killer, usually the more addictive. There are however many adjuvant pain relievers - such as antidepressants and anticonvulsants that can reduce pain due to certain conditions and are not addictive. Pls see your doc. ...Read more

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What is painkiller addiction?

What is painkiller addiction?

Pain medication: Any pain medication can lead to psychological dependence. Narcotic or opioid pain meds lead to addiction by stimulating portions of the brain that have receptors for opioids. When the drug fills these receptors, the individual experiences intense positive responses that reinforce the desire to use again and again. Use may escalate to get the same or increased pleasurable sensation. ...Read more

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Where can I get help for addiction to painkillers?

Many Ways: Attend a meeting of narcotics anonymous--look for a local meeting at http://www.Na.Org/ talk to a doctor or addiction psychiatrist. Call a crisis center check out turn to help at http://turntohelp.Com/ ask a friend or family member to help guide you to help. If insurance does not cover counseling, check out your local mental health resources--they are often in the front of local phone book. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to stop my addiction to painkillers?

Odds are YOU can't: without professional help. If you are physically dependent on opioids, withdrawal of those drugs is painful and can even be dangerous (severe vomiting, dehydration, stress on the heart). Seek a chemical dependency program with experience with treating people with prescription drug problems. Try this website - http://webserver.health.state.pa.us/health/custom/TreatmentProviders.asp?COUNTY=All. ...Read more

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What can be done if I need a long-term painkiller and I'm allergic to less addictive substitutes?

What can be done if I need a long-term painkiller and I'm allergic to less addictive substitutes?

Pain management : I am assuming that you are referring to Opioids or Narcotics when you mention addictive drugs. Research actually shows that they tend to be poor choices for chronic pain or for long term pain management (except cancer pain). Consult a Pain Management Center and I am sure there is a better option for your symptoms. ...Read more

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How can I overcome a painkiller addiction?

Get professional: help. All addictions are difficult to overcome. The more help you get the better. They will know if you need any inpatient detox or not and help you get involved in self help groups. ...Read more

Dr. Colin Sanner
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Painkiller (Definition)

"painkiller" is a general term and not a medical term. Literally, it is something that "kills" the pain. That can include just about anything that ...Read more