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How to Talk to Your Doctor When Prescribed an Opioid

by on Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Your doctor may prescribe you opioids like hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine, and morphine. When properly used, these medications can provide you with pain relief during the healing and recovery process, but addiction and tragic effects if abused. It is important to know what to say to your doctor when prescribed opioids to educate yourself on what to look out for and avoid the spirals of addiction. 

What to Do if Prescribed an Opioid By Your Doctor

When your doctor tells you what medications you will be prescribed, you will be told what the opioid is and how to use it safely. It is important to list your concerns to your doctor, talk about the medications you are currently on, and other providers you may be working with. If you have a history of abuse, it is important to let your doctor know about it to figure out a good support plan and how to dispense extra medication. Addiction is a disease just like anything else and a doctor will not want to make it worse. 

What to Ask Your Doctor About Opioids

You can ask your doctor how accidental overdoses occur so you can be careful how often you take your medication. You can also ask if any other emergencies can occur even if you take your medications the way you are supposed to. You can find out what factors can increase your chances of opioids slowing your breathing down or even stopping it. These questions will be very useful in saving your life to know what occurs in an opioid overdose and how to prevent one from occurring.

What to Be Aware of If I Take an Opioid

You should not take more pills than you have been prescribed and not to take them more often than you should. Do not save unused pills for later or distribute them to friends and family who tell you they can use them. There are places where you can dispose of pills safely compared to flushing them down or leaving them all over the house where others can take them. You know you are abusing painkillers if you are taking these pills more frequently and increasing the dosage, mixing them with other substances to increase the effect, or taking them to get high. Talk to your doctor or an addiction counselor as early detection can make a big difference and save your life.

Located in Centennial, Colorado, Restoration Therapy works with patients who are struggling with addiction, intimacy disorders, and trauma who are seeking treatment. In order to offer patients a more holistic view of healthy sexuality, Restoration Therapy offers individualized and group therapy, workshops, psycho-educational classes, and more to restore the harm brought on by addiction and intimacy issues. For more information, please call us at (720) 446-6585 as we are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

About Kyle Beard

Chris Simon founded Restorations Therapy Center to help those struggling with sexual addiction to discover health and wholeness for themselves as well as for their marriage and family. The havoc addiction brings is not compartmentalized to one area of life, but influences marriage, family, work, friendship and more. Chris experienced the turmoil of addiction in his own life. Through his own recovery journey, he strives to help others in the throes of addiction to experience the freedom and joy he lives today. Chris received in Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health, working solely with individuals struggling with sexual addiction his entire career. He trained under Dr. Tom Olschner, a psychologist working with sexual addictions for over thirty years, gaining a breadth of experience and knowledge from a renown therapist. A Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) is the only certification in existence for sexual addiction recovery, which Chris has pursued with fervor. You can contact Chris via email at Chris@RestorationsTherapy.com or telephone at (720) 446-6585

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