Here are three great facts to know about painkiller addiction:

Number 1. Painkiller drugs are also called Opiates. Opiates can cause an addiction. If that happens, one’s brain becomes “selfish.” A selfish brain can develop into having the person stop caring about things, which are normally very important. Things like family and church and jobs, those things go by the wayside and the only thing the person can do, is think about getting more opiates.

Number 2. A person can become addicted and dependent on opiates in as few as five days. Most of the time, it can take up to one to two months before the person has an addiction to opiates, but sometimes it can happen in even less than one week! Then the person is “hooked” and cannot quit taking opiates without going into withdrawal symptoms, which are very uncomfortable and makes it seem like the person has the Flu, or worse.

Number 3. Mixing drugs like Xanax and Valium with opiates can result in death. That is true for alcohol as well. Mixing any kind of a “downer” with opiates can be a deadly combination and may result in the person stopping breathing. If he or she can be rescued in time, there still could be some brain damage, like in a Stroke. Other examples of downers are Benzodiazapines, like Klonopin, Librium and Ativan. Again. Mixing any of these drugs with opiates can result in death.

One additional fact. There is excellent treatment now available for Opiate Use Disorder, also called Opiate Dependence, at The Drug and Alcohol Detox Clinic of South Mississippi. Established in 2005, The Drug and Alcohol Detox Clinic of South Mississippi is dedicated to helping patients achieve sobriety and lead normal lives. Check out:, or call today: 601-261-9101.
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