Addiction is becoming a common thing families are facing these days. Doctors prescribe medication to help our loved ones handle the pain that they are going through. Some of these medications are prescribed at high doses because that's what's needed for comfort. The problem with this is that the risk of addiction goes up tremendously. There are different ways to avoid this or to help your loved one if they have this problem. You can be proactive in their care with their doctor, know the signs, and help them seek help.
Staying involved with their care can help because that communication with their doctor helps when having 3rd party. People who face addiction are not always honest with their doctor when it comes to their pain or how much they are taking. Involve yourself with knowing how high of a dose they are taking and how often they take it. A medication chart can also help with this and give a visual to the doctor in case any adjustments need to be made.
Knowing the signs can also help so that way once you notice the changes, you can intervene quickly before they fall too deep. Besides the dependency of the drug, a person's body will show signs of being physically sick when they do not have access to it. Some physical signs of dependency include shakes, sweats, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. There are many other signs that can be show the start of addiction. A great source for this information is their doctor. Having that straightforward talk with them about what signs to expect will also help forecast any possible addiction problems.
If addiction happens, it is not an easy road. They best thing you can do for your loved one is be there for support as they face this problem head on. Majority of those who are experiencing addiction don't want to admit it let alone seek help. There are plenty of treatment centers around us that can help guide us as we help our loved one back down the path of health.
Early prevention is always the main goal when it comes to addiction. However, that is not always the case. By staying active with your loved ones care and communicating with their doctor, being familiar with signs and symptoms of addiction, and knowing how you can be there to help and support your loved one face their addiction, we can reduce the amount of seniors we have addicted to medications.