Work-Related Stress and Painkiller Addiction

Many prescription painkillers contain opium that is derived from poppy flowers. Other drugs contain a substance similar to opium that is created in a lab. Because of the opium or opium substitute, painkillers can cause a rush of euphoria, so people who suffer from work-related stress may be tempted to abuse these drugs to cope with stress. However, although painkiller abuse temporarily relieves stress, using painkillers to self-medicate personal problems often leads to depression, chronic health problems and addiction. Seek help to address stress and to treat addiction at the same time.

Painkiller Addiction Symptoms

People who abuse painkillers risk addiction, a chronic disease characterized by compulsive use of painkillers despite any resulting harm. If you think you or one of your coworkers suffers from painkiller addiction due to work-related stress, look out for the following symptoms:

  • Increasing dosage amounts due to tolerance. Does your coworker take pills frequently throughout the day? Does she take more than she used to?
  • Requesting prescriptions from multiple doctors. If your coworker has an unusually large stash of pills, he may be “doctor shopping,” or visiting several doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions.
  • Behavioral changes that affect mood, energy and concentration. Has your coworker been acting strangely? Has her productivity suffered due to mood swings, fluctuating energy levels or difficulty concentrating?
  • Social isolation due to increased drug abuse. Was your coworker once sociable, but has recently withdrawn from friendly conversations and social gatherings?
  • Continuing to use painkillers after a prescription expires. Has your coworker been taking painkillers for an inordinate amount of time?
  • Changes in sleeping and eating patterns. Does your coworker seem weak or tired? Does he seem uninterested in eating regular meals?

If you or someone you know abuses painkillers to cope with stress, then contact an addiction professional who can connect you with treatment. Painkiller addiction treatment helps patients overcome addiction and learn to cope with stress healthily.

Healthy Ways to Cope with Work-Related Stress

In addiction treatment, patients learn to cope with stress in healthy ways. They participate in relaxing activities, such as yoga, and are encouraged to exercise regularly. Exercise releases endorphins, which allows people to feel good and relieve stress. Recovering addicts are also encouraged to develop hobbies, since enjoyable activities often discourage drug abuse. Patients also attend counseling sessions to discuss the root of their addictions and how to prevent the stress that encourages drug abuse. Stress puts recovering users at risk for relapse, so learning to address stress in healthily ways is a key component to recovery.

Help Finding Treatment for Painkiller Addiction

If you or someone you love struggles with painkiller addiction, allow us to help. Call our toll-free helpline now today to reach our admissions coordinators who can answer your questions and connect you with treatment. They are available 24 hours a day to take your call and offer you the help you need.