Painkiller Rehab

Victory Bay Drug Guide

Painkillers work to rewire the nervous system so that your body blocks the feeling of pain. However, they also stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain to produce a “high.” This effect of painkillers is what leads people to painkiller abuse.

Painkillers are the most popular abused prescription drug and abuse in the U.S. has been steadily rising since the 1980s. In fact, more than 15 million people abuse prescription drugs in the U.S. each year. These drugs can come in the form of tablets, syrups, capsules, powders, or injectable solutions and while anyone can abuse painkillers, teens and young adults are the most common group to do so.

Painkiller Abuse


Some people take painkillers to experience the high while others take them to numb their pain. Either way, those who use painkillers recreationally usually develop a painkiller addiction when they frequently experience symptoms like:

  • Overall relaxation
  • A state of euphoria
  • Increased happiness
  • A feeling of calmness and content
  • Sedation
  • A warming sensation

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Dangers & Effects

Painkillers cause chemical changes to the brain and over time, these changes can cause the body to become less effective in naturally relieving pain. This lets an individual become dependent on painkillers to relieve their pain and in turn, can cause short-term and long-term effects like:

Short-term effects:

  • Itchy or flushed skin
  • Constipation
  • Slow or shallow breathing
  • Confusion or poor judgment
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Mood swings
  • Dry mouth

Long-term effects include:

  • Weight loss
  • Weakened immune system
  • Increased risk of heart problems
  • Liver damage
  • Respiratory depression
  • Abdominal issues
  • Emotional indifference


Painkiller dependency can be both physical and psychological and when a person is dependent on the drug, it can be very difficult to stop. Once they do, extreme physical withdrawal symptoms can take place just 4-6 hours after their last use and they may need to seek help for painkiller recovery. Symptoms include:

  • Restlessness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Bone and joint pain
  • Mental health issues such as anxiety or depression
  • Irritability
  • Tremors and shaking
  • Diarrhea

MAT (Medical Assisted Treatment)

When it comes to painkiller addiction, there are several medications that can be used to purify the body and get you back to being healthy. Some of the most common associated with painkiller treatment include:

  • Methadone
  • Naltrexone
  • Buprenorphine
  • Naloxone

Treatment Option

Victory Bay Recovery Center is known for our comprehensive recovery treatments regarding a variety of substance addictions. When it comes to painkiller rehab, we have the medications, doctors, staff members, and state-of-the-art facilities to help you or your loved one recover successfully and get your life back on track. We offer programs that are customized to each individual so you get the care and support you need to live a healthy life. Contact us today for more information.

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