“In a society where we often gravitate toward a ‘quick fix,’ it is disheartening to see that prescription drug abuse is now considered 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. In order to truly gain control over this rampant 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 common injury, surgery, anxiety , depression or other conditions that consists of physical or mental pain:
- You experience frequent pain or discomfort due to migraines
- You were in a car accident.
- You feel less anxious when you take your pills
- You lifted a heavy box at work and hurt your back or neck.
- You feel more energy when you take your opiates.
- You had back surgery.
- You have fibromyalgia or severe arthritis.
- You are recovering from an operation or cancer treatment.
2. You started pain medication for discomfort
Your physician prescribed a painkiller to help you manage the pain. 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 at first.
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. Your pain has not eased, but intensified. We see patients who had treated a level-2 or 3 pain, after one year using painkillers, jump 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. We help you change the painkiller addiction story. This chemical imbalance requires expert medical treatment in a safe, humane and effective environment.
Pain Management Traps that Can Make You Drug Dependent
1. The underlying problem with painkillers:
Besides the drug, pain management specialists often indiscriminately prescribe painkillers. Focused on eliminating pain, physicians can overlook the long-term consequences of painkiller addiction and dependency.
2. The research behind prescription painkiller addiction:
- Two million Americans use prescription opioid painkillers every year
- Every 19 minutes a person dies of prescription overdose
- In some communities, abuse of painkillers has overtaken that of cocaine and marijuana.
- About 9% of the U.S. population has used pain relievers illegally in their lifetime (according to the 2002 NHSDA–National Household Survey on Drug Abuse).
- Misuse has increased since the 1980s, from fewer than 500,000 new users per year.
- An estimated 1.6 million Americans used prescription-type pain relievers non-medically for the first time in 1998.
- Among youths age 12-17, the incidence rate increased from 6.3 to 32.4 per 1,000 new users from 1990 to 1998.
- Young adults age 18-25 increased in first use from 7.7 to 20.3 per 1,000 new users between 1990 and 1998.
The Prescription Painkiller Detox Treatment: Waismann Painkiller Rapid Detox
The Waismann Method offers highly successful painkiller rapid detox treatment and a rapid detoxification program for the treatment of prescription painkiller addiction. This procedure: Reverses opiate dependency and prescription drug addiction. Eliminates cravings that often accompany traditional prescription painkiller detox treatments. Has been clinically proven to be highly effective for a wide range of opiate drug treatment including:
For those struggling with prescription painkiller dependency, one treatment that has gained national attention for its patient’s success is the WAISMANN METHOD®. The WAISMANN METHOD® of rapid opiate detoxification is a safe and effective medical procedure that rids the body of opiates while the patient remains comfortable in a sedation-induced “twilight sleep.” After detox symptoms have been addressed and medically managed at a full-service accredited hospital, patients are supervised at our exclusive recovery retreat , where they are able to regain physical and emotional stability in order to return to their lives opiate free.