Demerol Addiction and Treatment
The United States has been in the middle of an opioid epidemic which has officially been declared a national crisis by President Trump in August 2017. This widespread crisis includes everything from prescription opioids, synthetic opioids, heroin and the lost lives of countless Americans.
Prescription opioids are one of the most lethal drugs in the U.S. and claimed the lives of 33,091 people in 2015. One opioid, in particular, is Demerol, which you may recognize as the drug believed to be partially responsible for Michael Jackson’s death in 2009.
Another issue with prescription opioids is that “since 1999, the amount of prescription drugs prescribed and sold in the United States has nearly quadrupled, yet there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain that Americans report.” (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).
If you’re struggling with an opioid like Demerol, don’t lose faith—addiction is treatable and recovery is within reach. For a lot of people, this freedom from addiction is found with the help of the trusted experts and a rehab treatment program.
What Is Demerol?
Demerol is a brand of meperidine which is a type of narcotic analgesic—or prescription opioid painkiller. It’s like other opioids and commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and it comes as a tablet as well as a syrup for injection. Chemically, meperidine is similar to oxycodone and morphine. These opioids can be beneficial if you have a surgery, or fracture a bone but they can become more of a hinderance if you’re using them for their euphoria or as an escape.
When someone starts misusing opioids it might not seem like a problem, but as use continues, it can develop into an addiction and rapidly become life-threatening. Sometimes it takes a closer look to determine if Demerol has become a problem. Even when used as a prescription, Demerol can be habit-forming—it’s just the way our brains react with the chemical.
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Prescription drug abuse can be tricky and it might be hard to get honest with yourself about your own drug use, or try to understand a loved one’s, for that matter. Whatever the conclusion you come up with, an opioid addiction can be treated and you or your loved one can go back to living a fulfilling life.
Is Your Loved One Abusing Demerol?
There are a lot of different ways to abuse Demerol and some methods work faster than others, but the end result is usually the same. A lot of people misuse prescription opioids to get a better feeling from them or to intensify the euphoria it produces.
Using more Demerol than what’s been prescribed by a physician is considered abuse. Abuse leads to dependency which ultimately ends in addiction. Managing pain can no doubt present a dilemma, especially when the only thing that seems to help is an addictive opioid.
Sometimes opioid abuse isn’t so ambiguous. One way to abuse Demerol is by crushing a pill then snorting it. Even chewing the tablet is a form of abuse. Using a painkiller in any way other than its prescribed form or suggested dosage is abuse.
When someone you care about has become physically dependent on the drug, they might do things that seem out of character. For example, they may seem “out of it” or “just tired.” Someone who’s suffering from an addiction to Demerol may have mood swings or lose interest in things that they used to be passionate about.
If this sounds familiar, remember that there’s a better life for you and your family. Don’t give up hope. If you’re wondering how to help someone overcome addiction, one of the best things you can do is to get them into treatment—you might even save their life.
What Are The Effects And Dangers Of Demerol?
When you use Demerol for pain, it acts on the opioid receptors in your spinal cord and brain to moderate their perception of that pain which makes you feel better. As well as treating the pain, opioids can have such side-effects as nausea, decreased inhibitions, tiredness and foggy thinking.
When you abuse an opioid, it creates a heavy feeling in your ligaments and a numbing euphoria. In part this is because, “in addition to relieving pain, opioids also activate reward regions in the brain causing the euphoria—or high—that underlies the potential for misuse and addiction” (National Institute on Drug Abuse).
Some people combine Demerol with alcohol or other drugs with or without the knowledge that mixing alcohol with opioids can decrease your respiratory function. This is how people overdose from opioids. The reality is that “every day in the United States, 44 people die as a result of prescription opioid overdose. Among people 25-65 years old, drug overdose caused more deaths than motor vehicle traffic crashes” (HSS).
The collective drug overdose statistics are evaluated in a commission letter to the President of the United State. In the letter, the commission members wrote, “with approximately 142 Americans dying every day, America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks.” The commission also depicted the opioid epidemic as being unparalleled.
If side-effects appear from a drug it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re addicted to it, but it can be helpful to understand the potential nonetheless. Here are some of the side-effects of Demerol:
- extreme calm
- mood changes
- stomach pain or cramps
- dry mouth
- changes in vision
Are There Withdrawal Symptoms From Demerol?
When you use an opioid drug for a long period of time, your body and mind become dependent on it. It’s true, opioids can become something that your body feels that it needs to survive. Withdrawal is a symptom of physical dependence and addiction to Demerol and can include intense cravings, depression, anxiety or insomnia when you stop using the drug.
The withdrawal from Demerol may feel a lot like the flu as well as some of the following symptoms:
- watery eyes
- stuffy nose
- muscle pain
- stomach pain
- upset stomach
- loss of appetite
- fast breathing
- fast heartbeat
- back pain
Treatment For Psychological And Physical Addiction
Opioids have become well-known for their intense withdrawals which can be risky to try to deal with alone. One way to avoid some of the dangers of opioid withdrawal is with a medical detox. It can give you a safe place to get opioids or other drugs out of your system and overcome your physical addiction to Demerol.
Depending on how long and how much of an opioid you have been taking, a medication like Suboxone or Zubsolv can sometimes help you avoid relapse during the early stages of recovery. It’s important to recognize that detoxification can help you feel a lot better but it isn’t considered a full addiction treatment.
We are firm believers that addiction is a chronic disease of the mind, body and spirit that requires more than a “house cleaning.” At Addiction Campuses, we believe that in order to overcome addiction, you must also live a balanced life. After detox and a professional evaluation, you or your loved one can benefit from a behavioral and spiritual treatment program.
These are a few of the life changing addiction services that we offer:
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Outpatient Treatment
- Residential Treatment
- Christian Drug Rehab
- Addiction Counseling
- Alumni Groups
- Family Counseling
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National Institute of Drug Abuse – Which Classes of Prescription Drugs Are Commonly Misused?
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – About the Epidemic
U.S. National Library of Medicine – Meperidine
Whitehouse – Commission Interim Report