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Taking Prescription Narcotics During Recovery

Taking Prescription Narcotics During Recovery

Prescription narcotic medications can be tempting to accept from the doctor because it is a reasonable excuse to take something that will change the way you feel.
Sometimes in recovery, you become hurt physically and need a prescription narcotic.

Before accepting the prescription from the doctor, there are certain precautions you must take. Prescription narcotics can be highly addictive, and taking them too often can lead to cross-addiction.

Here are some tips to avoid becoming cross-addicted to prescription narcotics:

• Tell the doctor you have a history of addiction and you are in recovery: In doing this, a doctor will take in account for the fact that you are already prone to drug abuse. With this knowledge, the doctor will explore other non-narcotic options that may work for the symptoms you are experiencing. A non-narcotic option is safer for an addict than taking a potentially addictive medication.

• Do research into the medication before accepting a prescription: It is very wise to be aware of the side effects and risks of the medication before ever taking it. Have a conversation with the doctor about the medication. There are several websites that provide valuable and relevant medical information on these medications, so search the internet for the medication to learn more about it. In doing your own research, you are being proactive about your decision to whether or not to take the narcotic.

• If you accept the narcotic, give it to someone else to disperse to you: A smart way to avoid abusing the medication is by giving it to someone you live with such as a parent or spouse. They will administer it to you as prescribed. Though this can feel very child-like, it is a better option than being in possession of the narcotic and will reduce the chance of becoming addicted to and dependent on the drug. If you have it in your possession, you run the risk of taking it whenever you want and developing a psychosomatic illness, that is a pain to that is produced in your brain that may not actually be there.

• Do not obtain unnecessary refills: If you have finished the prescription, and the pain has truly subsided, do not fill another prescription for the narcotic simply because you want to have it on hand just in case. Having it in your medicine cabinet can be tempting to continue taking it for no reason, or just because you are bored.

narcotic medications can be tempting to accept from the doctor because it is a reasonable excuse to take something that will change the way you feel. By following these simple tips, you can avoid becoming cross-addicted and developing a problem with the prescription narcotic.

Using a non-narcotic medication is a much better choice, if possible. Remember that, as an addict, it can be difficult to control use of prescription narcotics, so it is best to not accept them whenever possible.

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