Surprisingly, one of the most common and dangerous addictions in today’s society are prescription drug and painkiller addictions. One of the leading causes of this is that painkillers are fairly common and prescribed by doctors, not illicit drugs that can only be found on the street. Recent studies show that Australia is the second highest country in the world with pharmaceutical drug addictions, only behind the United States. The misuse of painkillers represents approximately three quarters of overall prescription drug abuse.
Most people do not think of painkillers when the thought of ‘drug addiction’ enters their mind. Illicit street drugs such as methamphetamines and heroin are usually the focus due to public perception and media attention. For this reason, most people remain unaware of the current pharmaceutical drug crisis that is plaguing everyday people all over the world.
The following list contains the most common types of painkillers in conjunction with examples of medications associated with each category:
- Opiates: Psychoactive chemicals that act to reduce reaction to pain and to increase pain tolerance. Examples are Methadone, Morphine, Codeine and Oxycontin.
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: Provides anti-inflammatory and fever reducing effects. Examples are Ibuprofen, Aspirin and Naproxen.
- Combinations: There are painkillers which are commonly used in combination to relieve pain via multiple sites of action. Examples are Percocet and Vicodin.
The current painkiller crisis really shouldn’t come as a big surprise since the main ingredient used in painkillers are the same as heroin. An addiction can surface in less than two weeks of regular use, and like heroin, the withdrawals symptoms can be severe and complicated if proper treatment is not sought.
Why Are People Choosing The Banyans As Their Addiction Rehabilitation Centre?
At The Banyans Health and Wellness Centre, we understand the risks and consequences involved with such complicated addictions. Over the years, we have noticed a significantly increasing number of professionals, those least likely to be labelled as ‘drug addicts’, who have become dependent on painkillers due to the high amount of stress in their everyday life. Unfortunately, simply ceasing use is ill advised due to the prolonged and complicated nature of withdrawals. Withdrawals must be closely monitored by an experienced medical team who are familiar with the appropriate detox programs that are necessary to comfortably and safely reduce reliance to such drugs.
Why The Banyans Is The Right Addiction Rehab For You
The Banyans Health and Wellness Centre provides personalised painkiller addiction treatment in a private, luxurious setting where our residents can relax and unwind during this difficult process. Our wellness retreat offers practical support from leading specialists with a variety of treatments available to help improve your physical and psychological resilience. We offer the most effective treatment compared to other therapy treatments and see successful outcomes for guests, making us one of the best rehabilitation centres across Australia.
A Friendly And Highly Skilled Team Is Available
Our rehabilitation team consists of pain and addiction medical specialists, psychologists, psychiatrists, nutritionists and chefs, who work together to learn about your personal condition, and target individualised treatment programs to put you on the road to recovery.
If you or a loved one need help, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team on 1300 226 926 for a no-obligation, confidential discussion. You can contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your health is our priority.