Demerol is a pain medication that is most often given when someone is experiencing acute pain because of an injury, or as a way to relieve pain after having a surgical procedure done. It is a narcotic opiate medication that works by blocking the pain receptor sites in the brain. Those who abuse and eventually become addicted to Demerol usually do so unintentionally. However, because Demerol is such a powerful and potent drug, forming an addiction to it is relatively easy to do.
If you suspect that you might be suffering from a Demerol addiction, it’s likely that you have a lot of questions you’d like to have answered. These might include:
Whether you’re participating in Demerol abuse, or your Demerol use has become a full addiction, it’s important to get answers to these questions so you are informed and educated about what to expect, and what you can do to recover.
Demerol abuse statistics tell us that between the years of 2004 and 2008, the number of ER visits because of the overuse of painkillers like Demerol increased 111%. There has also been a sharp increase in the amount of Demerol that has been stolen from hospitals, and this has gone up over 16%. These statistics indicate that Demerol abuse is certainly on the rise, but it’s helpful to understand the difference between Demerol abuse and addiction.
Demerol abuse refers to the act of using Demerol outside of a doctor’s prescription. It could mean prolonged use, purchasing Demerol on the street, or even mixing it with alcohol or other substances in order to get a better response when using it. Demerol abuse does not indicate that an addiction is present, but each use of the drug does increase the risk of an addiction occurring.
Your behaviors may also indicate whether or not you have an addiction to Demerol. Perhaps you’ve started purchasing it illegally, or maybe you’ve visited multiple doctors in order to get prescriptions for it. These actions are clear indicators that an addiction is present.
Because Demerol is a prescribed medication, it’s quite common for people to believe that it’s really not all that dangerous for them. They may even read the label and see the addiction warnings that are required to be there, but wave them off. They assume that their doctors would never give them something that would hurt them.
Everyone is different regarding how they respond when Demerol is stopped, and each instance of stopping it is likely to be different from the last attempt. Professional help can lessen the severity of withdrawal symptoms and increase the chances of a successful recovery.
Regardless of how long you’ve been taking Demerol, you’re very likely to experience some of the side effects from it. Short term side effects might include muscle spams and dizziness. However, as time goes on, you might experience worsening side effects like convulsions or seizures. Combining Demerol with other drugs or alcohol, or increasing your use of it on your own is likely to intensify its effects. Remember, this drug is very dangerous, and if you’re using it regularly, and you believe you have an addiction, getting help is vital.
Perhaps you realize that you’re showing a lot of the signs of Demerol addiction, but you’re not really sure what to do about that. Every time you try to stop taking it, you only give up because the urge to use it is just too strong. At Northpoint Recovery, we would love the opportunity to help you.
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