Moms Who Hide Painkiller Dependence

Moms Who Hide Painkiller DependenceThe recent boom in painkiller abuse has reached people of all demographics, and mothers are no exception. Moms are viewed as super-human characters that are invincible, over-achieving and always on-the-ball caretakers. All the responsibility, pressure and stress that comes with being a mom can eventually take a toll just like it would anyone else. The following are the most common reasons why moms start abusing painkillers:

  • To numb or treat physical pain. Mothers are provided with painkillers to alleviate the intense feelings of pain during childbirth. The post-birth recovery process is not pain-free either, and moms may get accustomed to the instant relief they find from drugs.
  • To keep moving despite health issues. Mothers take care of themselves last. Moms are notorious for putting their families first. When pain arises taking care of it fast by self-medicating may seem like the best option.
  • To numb emotional pain. Trauma, loss or abuse can cause mothers to turn to painkiller abuse for emotional support. Painkillers can act as a temporary emotional escape.
  • To experience feelings of euphoria and pleasure. Pain medication can increase dopamine levels in the brain and may alleviate feelings of anxiety, depression, loneliness or stress. For mothers who are constantly faced with stress and pressure the sensation of a painkiller high can be relaxing and pleasing.

The Dangers of Using Painkillers while Pregnant

Painkillers are highly addictive. Some women have used painkillers for so long that they are unable to quit taking them while pregnant. Pregnancy can be painful and is uncomfortable. A mother-to-be may take painkillers to alleviate some of the discomfort. Taking painkillers while pregnant can cause devastating effects for the unborn baby such as the following:

  • Miscarriage
  • Slowed growth
  • Stiff limbs
  • Tremors
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Incessant crying

These symptoms are due to withdrawal from the drugs and can put babies in excruciating pain. Babies suffering from painkiller withdrawal may be hospitalized anywhere from three weeks to two months and require costly medical services.

How Can I Tell If My Mom Is Addicted to Painkillers?

Many mothers begin their addiction to painkillers through a legitimate prescription and are unaware that drug abuse is taking over their lives. Others are aware of their condition but do not reach out for help to stop using. Mothers tend to keep their addiction struggles a secret from friends, family and the outside world. Keeping a painkiller addiction secret prevents the person from getting the support and help needed to find treatment. There are warning signs that may indicate a painkiller addiction, and these include the following:

  • Increase painkiller use
  • No longer taking medication as prescribed
  • Social isolation
  • Unexplained change in personality and behavior
  • Shift in energy and mood
  • Doctor shopping or getting prescriptions from multiple physicians or pharmacies
  • Neglecting responsibilities
  • Defensiveness about painkiller use
  • Noticeable side effects or obvious intoxication

Getting Painkiller Addiction Treatment for a Parent or Yourself

Painkiller addiction can lead to countless health, social, relational and financial problems. Once someone develops a full-blown addiction, it can be nearly impossible to quit without proper treatment. If you have a parent who is struggling with painkiller abuse, you may be unsure of how to approach the situation. If you are a mother yourself, you may be unsure of how to get help. Call our toll-free helpline now to speak with a rehab counselor who can help you through this difficult time. We are here 24 hours a day to provide you with advice, guidance and as much information as you need.