Suncoast Rehab Dispels Top Three Myths Fueling Surge in Prescription Painkiller Addiction

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Suncoast Rehab Center exposes the untruths that encourage prescription drug abuse in unaware individuals.

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At Suncoast, our main goal is giving our clients the tools they need to return to a life without drugs

Prescription painkiller addiction is dominating headlines today—one in five Americans report misusing a prescription drug at least once in their lifetime (1). Though an overwhelming majority of people are able to use painkillers with no lasting harm, experts agree that pain pill addiction is on the rise—partly because of the availability, but also because the general public has incorrect ideas about what constitutes painkiller addiction. Suncoast Rehab Center (SRC), a Spring Hill drug rehab facility with a 76% success rate, dispels the foremost falsehoods that are fueling the growth of addiction.

Prescription painkiller abuse is what some deem “a silent epidemic” (2). Many people begin to take prescription pain medication for legitimate reasons and become addicted slowly, not recognizing the red flags until they are completely hooked. Suncoast warns that while many people don’t intentionally abuse painkillers, there are inaccurate beliefs that often influence a dependency on legally acquired painkillers.

Suncoast debunks the following myths about prescription painkillers abuse:

1. My doctor prescribed these pills, so they must be okay. Just because a doctor prescribed the pills doesn’t mean that you are safe from addiction. Many prescribed medications have a risk of dependency. It is important to keep your eyes open for signs of cravings, pill-seeking behavior or doctor shopping.

2. I’m a strong-willed person. I won’t become addicted. Becoming addicted to substances is not an issue of willpower. Addiction is often physical, and can strike anyone at any time.

3. I need to get rid of my pain at all costs. Feeling pain can keep you from daily activities and can affect your life negatively. However, abusing prescription pain medication is not the solution. Simply taking a pill to reduce pain does not fix the underlying cause of the pain. Talk to your doctor about your pain, and explore other types of therapies that could help. (3)

Many people struggle to come to terms with their addiction, and don’t seek help until it’s a last resort. Suncoast urges addicts and their loved ones to seek treatment immediately upon any signs of addiction. If any of the following ring true, addiction may be a developing problem:

●You’re using your painkillers for reasons other than pain relief. Taking your painkillers because it makes you energized, helps you fall asleep, or relieves your stress and anxiety are red flags. Taking the pills to change your mood instead of relieving pain is getting high. That’s a slippery slope to addiction.

●You want an increase in your painkiller dosage, even though your doctor hasn’t recommended it. Wanting an increase in dosage in order to alter your mood is a sign that you are crossing into addiction.

●You’re taking your painkillers even though you don’t have any pain. You should not take painkillers “just in case” the pain comes back. If you no longer feel pain, medication is not needed.

●Your thoughts are consumed with getting more painkillers. If you’re not feeling any pain, there’s no need to continue taking your painkillers. Taking them “just in case” the pain comes back is not a legitimate reason to continue use.

●Other pain management therapies are no longer an option for you. Prescription painkillers are not the cure-all of pain management. There are other options. Not considering them can be a sign of addiction (4).

Suncoast enables addicts to take the first step in conquering addiction and reclaiming their lives from drugs. SRC’s medical team designs treatment programs to physically address the malnutrition created by drug abuse, and the SRC counseling team tailors client therapy to help provide insight into the past—all intended to help addicts confront life better, and without reverting to drugs. Suncoast helps clients through the stages of withdrawal and relieves them of their addictions in a healthy, natural way.

“At Suncoast, our main goal is giving our clients the tools they need to return to a life without drugs,” says Tammy Strickling, Executive Director of SRC.

To learn more about the Suncoast Rehabilitation Center and its rehab programs, visit

About Suncoast Rehab Center:

Located in Spring Hill, Florida, with a 76% success rate,Suncoast Rehab Center provides long-term residential treatment, intensive sauna detoxification, life skills and cognitive therapy and counseling. Suncoast is licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, and was recently awarded a 100% inspection score for the third year in a row. Suncoast has a mission to educate youth and adults about drugs and the dangers of drugs, with the aim of preventing future drug use and abuse. Suncoast handles the physical deficiencies, weakness and problems created through drug use, without the use of additional drugs. Clients are helped to uncover the issues that led to their drug use through counseling, therapy and life skills that put the client back in control of his/her life and future. Suncoast’s purpose in drug rehabilitation is to heal the whole person and give the person tools and education to remain drug–free. For more information, visit

1.Hoffman, MD, Matthew. “Prescription Painkiller Abuse: How Addiction Happens.” WebMD, n.d. Web. 07 May 2013.

2.Florio, Gwen. “Prescription Drug Abuse a ‘Silent Epidemic’ in Montana.” The Billings Gazette, 05 May 2013. Web. 07 May 2013.

3.“What a Pain! Signs of Painkiller Addiction.” Recovery Connection, 05 Dec. 2012. Web. 07 May 2013.

4.“What a Pain! Signs of Painkiller Addiction.” Recovery Connection, 5 Dec. 2012. Web. 04 Apr. 2013.

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