How to Put Aside the Pills for Good
Painkillers and other prescription drugs aren't inherently bad. They were created to treat specific illnesses. But when you start taking more than the required dose or continue to take the medication long after the ailment has ended, that signifies that addiction has taken hold.
Overcoming the allure of prescription drugs is slightly different than treating other addictions. If you're one of millions of Americans grappling with a pill addiction, here are the steps you should take.
Throw the Pills Away
Raid your medicine cabinet and get rid of the chief offenders. If even basic painkillers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen serve as a temptation, throw those out, too. You should also ask relatives and friends to dispose of their unused or expired prescriptions. Access to their pills may encourage the addiction to continue.
Go Through Detox
It's worth noting that any detoxification efforts should be supervised by a medical professional. You may not be equipped to deal with the side effects on your own.
Find the Right Medication
On the surface, this may seem counter-intuitive, but many doctors recommend utilizing medication during the early stages of detox to reduce cravings and relieve withdrawal symptoms.
Find a therapist who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy for addiction. A therapist can help you identify emotions that trigger the desire to pop a pill and will introduce strategies for coping with daily stressors without drugs.
Ask Loved Ones for Help
This is a time when you need as much support as you can get, whether it be from friends, family or even individuals who are recovering from the same addiction. You're familiar with each other's struggles, so you could provide empathy and advice for one another.
Rebuild Your Life
Discover new interests and activities that will fill the void the prescription drugs left. In time, your new habits will start to stick and you'll hardly remember your addiction.
If all of this seems overwhelming or you're unsure of where to begin, call Addiction Advocates. Our free services take away the stress of digging through dozens of treatment options. We have the knowledge and resources to determine your needs and match you with the right treatment program to get you the pill addiction help you need.