Signs of Addiction to Pain Medication

signs of addiction to pain medication

For most of us, if our doctor prescribes a medication, we take it, no questions asked. After all, this is not just a medical professional, but someone we know and trust. How could something that they’re giving to us be harmful?Unfortunately, for far too many people, prescription medication can be just as addictive as illegal narcotics when it isn’t taken – or prescribed – correctly. This is a problem that is especially prevalent for prescription pain medications, but other types of prescription drugs, like psychotropics (antidepressants, sedatives, etc.), can also turn people into addicts.

Causes and Influences of Prescription Addiction

Anyone can become addicted, but there are certain people who are more at risk than others. You’ve probably heard that your family history can make you more susceptible to becoming an alcoholic or drug addict, and the same rule applies here. If your parents or other relatives have suffered from addiction, you are more likely to suffer the same.

Beyond family history, there’s also your own personal history. Once you’re addicted to one substance, even if you’ve been through treatment and are in recovery, it’s far easier to become addicted to something else. Because of this, recovering addicts not only need to avoid the substance they are addicted to, but also watch out for other addictive substances.Read more:

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Common Signs of Addiction to Pain Medication

Being addicted to prescription medication is different from other kinds of substances, so it makes sense that the signs of addiction would be different, too. Though, in many ways, they still share similarities with the effects of a number of other drugs on the body.

Here are several common signs of addiction to pain medication:

  • Loss of pain medication dosage control. In the same way that alcoholics and illegal drugs addicts keep needing more to get their “fix,” those who are addicted to prescription pain meds often find themselves taking more and more pills as their bodies build up immunity and require additional medication just to feel normal.
  • Using your pain medication to treat non-physical symptoms. You may start using prescription pain medication to help with your back pain or a broken leg, but many people “graduate” to simply using it when they want to feel good. At first, this can mean things like curing headaches, but eventually even this isn’t enough and people start using it to help them with issues like stress and depression and become dependent on it.
  • Taking someone else’s prescription. When you  feel you “need” more drugs and start asking other people to use their prescriptions just to feel good again, you’re likely facing addiction and need to seek treatment. Sometimes people even start seeing multiple doctors just to make sure they have enough of a prescription, which means their bodies have become dependent on it.


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