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3 Types of Painkillers that make you Vulnerable to Addiction

07-30-2018 09:25 AM CET | Health & Medicine

Press release from: Pacific Bay Recovery

Many different types of painkillers are available today – from the safest ones that are available over the counter, such as aspirin to the most powerful painkillers that contain opiates. Here is a closer look at some of the most addictive painkillers in the world – the opiates.


Oxycodone is a painkiller that can change your perception of pain. It interrupts CNS (central nervous system) communication to reduce the sensation of pain. But it can also lead to an addiction with serious physical and psychological side effects.

Oxycodone is available as ‘OxyContin’. Oxycodone mixed with acetaminophen is available under the name ‘Percocet’.


Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is used to relieve pain. Fentanyl is many times more powerful than morphine! This is why it is prescribed only for people who are suffering from intense, excruciating pain.

Illegally sold fentanyl is often mixed with other dangerous substances, making it highly dangerous to users. Fentanyl is the reason for the majority of opioid-related overdose deaths. Since fentanyl is so powerful, even a slight overdose can prove fatal.


Codeine is an extremely common painkiller in the United States. It is also a component in many medications, such as cold medicine or cough syrup.

Although codeine is harmless in small doses, it’s an opiate nevertheless. That means users addiction to the drug may develop very quickly.

While prescription painkillers serve a useful purpose and help chronic pain patients live better quality life, it is not difficult for a person to turn from prescription use to abuse and addiction. The risk is extremely high.

If you or a loved one is dependent on painkillers, it is important to seek professional help. Leading rehabs, such as Pacific Bay Recovery in San Diego, offer medical detox, inpatient and outpatient rehab and ongoing care as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that sets them up for successful recovery under the supervision of experienced experts.

Effective painkiller or prescription drug addiction treatment programs include the a few or more of the following –

• Medical detox
• Pain management
• Dual Diagnosis
• Individual counseling and therapy
• Group therapy
• Behavioral therapy
• Trauma and grief therapy
• Family therapy

Good rehabs offer a long-term outpatient program after inpatient or residential treatment to prevent relapse and provide ongoing support as the person returns to the home or work environment they are a part of.

To learn more about pain management in San Diego, call one of the leading alcohol detox and rehab centers San Diego, Pacific Bay Recovery at 858-263-9700 Today. Pacific Bay Recovery offers a wide range of treatment programs in San Diego, customized to your specific condition, for drug and alcohol rehabilitation and long-term success.

Pacific Bay Recovery
1501 5th Avenue, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92101
(858) 263-9700

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