“In a society where we often gravitate toward a ‘quick fix,’ it is disheartening to see that prescription drug abuse is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S,” said Dr. Lowenstein. “Sadly, thousands of lives are being lost annually that could be saved with better preventative measures and more education regarding the dangers of these drugs. To truly gain control over this widespread outbreak sweeping the nation, we need a societal shift in how we view and prescribe these medications and the way we treat drugs, addiction, and pain with the goal of taking action to stop this vicious cycle from continuing to occur within our society.”
Your Prescription Painkiller Addiction Story Hits Home With Us
1. You suffered traumatic, acute, or chronic pain.
Dependency on prescription painkillers often starts with a standard injury, surgery, anxiety, depression or other conditions that consist of physical or mental pain:
- Frequent pain or discomfort due to migraines
- Car accident.
- Anxiety issues.
- Back or neck injury.
- Increased energy when you take opiates.
- Back surgery.
- Fibromyalgia or severe arthritis.
- Recovering from an operation or cancer treatment.
2. You started pain medication for discomfort
First, your physician prescribed a painkiller to help you manage the pain. Then, weeks or months after the initial injury has healed, you still take opioid painkillers like Vicodin®, OxyContin®, or Percocet®. Perhaps in an even higher dosage than in the beginning.
3. You realize now that you cannot do without the prescription painkiller.
The drug meant to help you now hurts you. In addition to your pain from the initial injury or a fear of medical treatment, you now experience the painful discomfort of withdrawal. In addition, your pain has not eased but intensified. We see patients who had a level 2 or 3 pain, but after one year using painkillers it jumped to level 8 or 9.
4. Know that you are not the only one.
Approximately 75% of our patients suffer from a dependency or addiction to painkillers like OxyContin®, Percocet, and Hydrocodone. We recognize that patients became physically dependent on prescription painkillers, or other opiates, through no fault of their own. Therefore, we help you change the painkiller addiction story. This chemical imbalance requires expert medical treatment in a safe, humane and effective environment.