Everybody hates pain and does anything possible to prevent it. We live in the age where pain medication is available to everyone, and every individual that feels pain will reach for them to relieve it.
People who have mental issues are prone to taking excessive amounts of pain medications because the pain that comes from an injury is just another element that troubles them. They see it as an element that can be erased and they do so. But, the majority of pain medication is highly addictive, and even small doses can lead to addiction.
How does the addiction work?
Small injuries create pain that lasts for a long time. This pain isn’t sharp, but it persists, which makes it uncomfortable to do anything. Discomfort like this makes people irritable to everything that happens to them. Those with fragile mental health tend to fall under the influence of pain medications because they feel nice due to their effects. And, before they realize it, pain medications replace all other ways of dealing with mental problems.
Addiction to perception medications has adverse effects on the everyday life of an individual. It becomes the center of the life and individuals forget about everything else. Their only goal is to get more painkillers and use them. Failure to do that thrusts them into withdrawal process which is hard on every addict, especially those with mental problems.
Addiction forces the individual to create false premises to use more painkillers. The real problem fades away, but the need for painkillers lingers. At this point, it’s hard for an individual to stop using painkillers, as their effects please the addict. And at this point, it’s almost impossible to stop using pain medications without proper detox.
Individuals with mental issues are less inclined to step up and admit that they lost control of their life. They are introverted from the get-go, and thus they tend to keep their problems rather than share them with someone.
Detoxification – A world of pain
Any individual that went through the process of detoxification knows that it is an uncomfortable and painful process. But all that pain and discomfort is a price you should pay as it leads to addiction-free life. Once again, this is hard for individuals with fragile mental health as they have a lot to deal with apart from the hell that the detox is.
Addicts with mental issues require extensive psychological support to overcome the detox process and come out as individuals who do not need painkillers or anything else to replace them. Family and friends can provide that support, but a professional should be there for the addict. Nothing works better than a professional therapy as therapists know how to support the individual in question adequately.
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