What If My Doctor Prescribes Painkillers While I’m in Recovery?

What If My Doctor Prescribes Painkillers While I'm in Recovery?Prescription drug abuse is on the rise in the United States, and if you are a recovering from any kind of drug addiction, you are likely hesitant to treat mild or even severe pain with a substance on which you may become dependent. California residents can choose to best way to move forward with managing pain and ongoing drug addiction recovery.

Communicate with your Doctor

There are often misunderstandings within the doctor-patient relationship. If you have a new doctor who is not familiar with your history of addiction, make sure you discuss your concerns about painkiller prescriptions. Physicians are able to diagnose and treat effectively only when they have the most accurate and up-to-date knowledge about their patients. While much of that information can be gathered from tests and recorded medical history, some of the most important and relevant knowledge is going to come from you directly. If you are worried about becoming addicted to prescription medications and would like to explore other alternative treatment options, let your doctor know.

Assess Your Risk of Painkiller Abuse

Some California residents are genetically predisposed to addiction, some have events in their lives that lead them to use drugs as a means of escape, and some simply make a series of bad choices that led to addiction. It could be that that painkillers pose little to no threat to your recovery process. The vast majority of people are able to use painkillers within the prescribed parameters without becoming addicted. On the other hand you might have behavioral or thought patterns that put you at much higher risk for abusing prescribed painkillers, even if you have no existing history with such drugs. Getting an accurate assessment of your risk can best be achieved by talking to your psychiatrist, recovery counselor or doctor as well as by doing your own research.

Advocate for Your Own Health

When it comes to pain treatment, the choice is yours. Having been entangled in drug addiction, you know what it is like to feel completely out of control and unable to dictate your own life in California. You may have required others to take responsibility for your choices or suffer the consequences for your mistakes, but you are a new person now. You have the freedom and responsibility of being in charge of your own life and that includes being your own strongest advocate. Study your options for pain treatment, explore alternatives, assess your risk and make a choice. Empower yourself to make the decision that is best for you.

Want to Know More about Potential Risk Factors for Painkiller Use?

If you are worried about the effect painkillers may have on your recovery, we would like to help. Our toll-free number is available 24 hours a day to assist you in gaining the knowledge necessary for making informed, healthy decisions. Please call today.

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