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Pain Pill Addiction

Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating drug addiction that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since drug addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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What is Pain Pill Addiction?

Pain pill addiction is caused by prescription drug abuse, which is the excess use of prescribed medication in a way not intended by the doctor. Some people’s addiction starts when their doctor prescribes them medicine to treat pain, such as back pain, and they begin to crave it every day. When a person doesn’t have any pain pills, they may turn to a friend or family member for their dosage. Some people end up snorting or injecting ground-up pills to get high. 

Drug abuse may be compulsive and ongoing, despite the negative consequences. Pain pill addiction affects all age groups, including teenagers. The most commonly used prescribed pills include anti-anxiety medications, sedatives, stimulants, and opioid painkillers.

Pain Pill Addiction Symptoms

Symptoms of pain pill addiction depend on the specific drug. Here’s an in-depth breakdown of the symptoms from the most commonly abused prescription drugs:

Opioid addiction symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Euphoria (feeling high)
  • Slowed breathing
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of coordination
  • Increased done needed to experience pain relief
  • Worsening or hypersensitivity to pain with higher doses (hyperalgesia)

Anti-anxiety medication addiction symptoms:

  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Unstable walking
  • Poor concentration
  • Slurred speech
  • Memory loss
  • Slowed breathing

Stimulants addiction symptoms:


  • Feeling high
  • Increased alertness
  • Unusual heartbeat patterns
  • High blood pressure
  • High body temperature
  • Loss of appetite
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia


Other red flags for all types of pill addiction:

  • Taking higher doses than prescribed
  • Frequent mood swings and hostility
  • Stealing prescriptions for illegal purposes, such as selling them
  • Oversleeping or undersleeping
  • Poor decision-making
  • Appearing high, abnormally energetic or revved up, or sedated
  • Requesting constant refills due to continually “losing” a prescription so that the doctor has to write a new one
  • Seeking prescriptions from multiple doctors

Pain Pill Addiction Risk Factors

Some people try to avoid taking prescribed medications out of fear of becoming addicted. However, a person can reduce their risk of addiction by carefully following their doctor’s instructions. Risk factors for prescription drug abuse include:

  • Family history of addiction
  • Past or present addictions to other substances, such as tobacco or alcohol
  • Pre-existing mental health conditions
  • Peer pressure or exposure to social environments where drug use is rampant
  • Lack of knowledge about prescription drugs and their potential side effects
  • Having easy access to prescription medication, such as having a relative who’s a doctor

Pain Pill Addiction Treatment

Prescription drug abuse often results in a host of problems, and it can even lead to death. People who want to turn their lives around have several treatment options, but the most effective treatment modality for pain pill addiction is staying at an inpatient treatment center. 

These centers have specialized programs for individuals suffering from this type of substance use. Furthermore, a person can safely detoxify in a supervised environment. A holistic program can help a person identify the root cause of their drug use by incorporating individual and group counseling and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

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47 weeks ago

What I liked most about my time at Steps is the atmosphere that was presented during my whole stay. I have done a lot of treatment centers and this one is by far the one I have felt I gained the most from. I would highly recommend Steps to anybody struggling with addiction!
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The staff and facility is amazing- Couldn’t ask for anything better. The program is well rounded with rec activities, equine therapy, gender therapy, group therapy, individual and couples therapy, and also attends various 12 Step support groups such as AA or NA. They also have family therapy and processing with options for individual settings or in a group. These help families understand what their loved ones who suffer from addiction is going through and how to support them, and also gives them their own support system.
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