How to avoid becoming an Opioid addict.
There is a new profile for drug addicts and junkies. A traumatic event in your life may lead to you becoming addicted to prescription medication. I work in a lifestyle center and we deal with people addicted to prescription medication every day. The Lifestyle Center is not a rehab for drug addicts. Some people choose to use and that is their choice. However, here is the scary new reality I see every day, mothers and the elderly that become prescription medicine junkies - by accident.
The typical story is of a person who threw out their back, then accidentally fall into a life of addiction. In a study that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine Dr Barnett points out that, doctors have a lot to do with people who become addicted to opioids. Here is the scary part of the study; it seems that some doctors are far more likely than others to prescribe opioids. Furthermore, most doctors seem to agree that patients demand that they over prescribe opioids.
“Doctors in the top 25% of prescribers prescribed an opioid for nearly 1 in 4 of these emergency department patients” Time Magazine
So what does this really mean to us, the patients? Well we can go into the Big Pharma conspiracy thing and blame the doctors and the evil world. I am not sure that it will really help us much but one can blow off a bit of steam on this topic.
How to avoid opioid addiction.
- May I suggest that we simply focus on our own health, take care of ourselves so we can avoid going to the Medical Mill.
- Another point is to keep opioid addiction in mind when your doctor prescribes anything and ask questions.
- Reach out, find out about natural treatments, the opioids may help short term. Great but have a natural long-term plan.
- Make sure your doctor is treating the cause not the symptom. They are trained to treat the symptoms; you need to ask them to treat the cause.
- Remember doctors never study a single course on nutrition; they are the wrong person to ask about diets that may help a condition.
- Keep an open mind, and keep an active mind. Study your health condition. If you think your health is your doctor’s problem, think again. They probably only know your name because they have a medical record in front of them.
How serious is the opioid problem?
“There is a damaging effect of even that first initial prescription you get," Barnett says.
Hope that this highlighted some of the issues around the use of prescription medication for you. Your doctor is there to help you, but it is up to you to take responsibility for your own health.