The opioid abuse epidemic continues. Doctors continue to prescribe painkillers to patients who need them, but those patients are then in danger of the addictions that can develop down the road as a result. We’ve discussed before the responsibilities of lawmakers and doctors when it comes to opioid prescriptions, but the patients also have the power to turn away potentially-harmful drugs following a surgery or procedure.
There Are Alternatives to Opioid Prescriptions
It isn’t easy to agree to pain and discomfort and to turn away medication that could help with those things, but that may be part of what is necessary in ending the mass opioid epidemic. At the very least, a frank discussion with your doctor and some research of your own on the side should be undertaken to ensure that you have all the information possible before accepting a dose of painkillers.
If money is at all a concern, you’ll likely know that these drugs can be costly. Pharmaceutical companies, who create these pills, are able to change the prices at their discretion without many factors to guide those decisions. As a result, supply and demand have little to do with their pricing, and you could be paying quite a lot for your opioid prescriptions, depending on the company and the drug.
It’s been proven time and time again that opioid prescriptions can lead to an addiction to heroin or to the drugs themselves. These drugs work within your brain chemistry and adjust neural pathways, sometimes equating that particular drug to being free of pain. Even using them within the careful bounds of your doctor’s orders can result in an addiction; everyone is different and each system reacts differently to these external substances.
Don’t necessarily take the word of your health care provider as gospel. Though they can certainly offer you their expertise and will do what they think is best for you, they may not fully understand the state of addiction to these pills as it exists in the U.S. today. If they have a partnership with a certain drug company, they may be more likely to recommend that brand to you even if you may not need it. Feel free to ask them questions about its necessity and even whether there is a non-drug-based option for you to control your pain. “Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself if you know you don’t want a prescription, especially if your concerns are related to a your or a relative’s history of addiction.” It’s easy to be skeptical, particularly when it comes to “alternative” or holistic medicine, but there isn’t any harm in giving them a try, particularly when the alternatives can be this grim.
Bouncing back from a procedure may take time. If you suffer from chronic pain, the idea of a pill to ease your suffering is obviously an appealing one. However, the cons are likely to outweigh the pros with modern opioid prescriptions due to the severe consequences that have been observed across the board. An addiction to these drugs or to heroin isn’t worth it; at least speak with your doctor or other health professionals to explore your options before subscribing to the prescription pills. You might be surprised to find something helps you that you might never have expected.
If you or someone you care about is struggling with an opioid addiction, then get in touch with The Bergand Group. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues. We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.
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