Addiction to painkillers and other prescription drugs is the fastest growing addiction in the United States – the third most commonly abused category of drugs, behind alcohol and marijuana and ahead of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. An estimated 48 million people have abused prescription drugs, representing nearly 20% of the U.S. population.
Prescription pain relievers include the opioid class of drugs, such as hydrocodone (i.e., Vicodin), oxycodone (i.e., OxyContin), morphine, fentanyl and codeine. Opioids work by mimicking the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals, attaching to receptors in the brain to block the perception of pain.
Painkiller addiction can begin quite innocently. Highly addictive drugs like Lortab, Oxycotin, Vicodin and Hydrocodone are commonly prescribed by medical doctors to alleviate pain and anxiety due to pain related to surgeries and medical conditions – though warnings of misuse and addiction may not always be discussed.
Some patients can find it easy to not follow the labeling and take these prescription drugs in a manner or dosage other than prescribed, leading them to become addicted to the painkillers that were intended to help.
Get Help With Your Painkiller Addiction, Call: 1-888-512-3309
ACMS’s painkiller addiction treatment services include professional intervention and medical detox
, residential treatment
, sober living
, life skills coaching
and individual & group drug addiction counseling
. We also provide long term recovery aftercare
including routine follows and alumni events.
Addiction Campuses of Mississippi handles all admission logistics including clinical assessments, insurance verification, family communication and travel, regardless of if you live in or near Southaven, MS, in the Greater Memphis, TN area, or anywhere in the United States.