A person with an addiction may get to the point of doing just about anything to get the substance they need to feel okay. Sometimes, when that substance is a prescription medication, they feel the need to seek out more than one medical provider to get access to that drug. That’s called doctor shopping, a dangerous activity that indicates a person is dependent on the substance. In our opioid rehab at Archstone Behavioral Health, we see many people engage in this type of activity, and we can help them stop.
Are You Engaging in Doctor Shopping?
Opioids are a common prescription drug that can lead to dependence. This occurs when a person is using the drug on a consistent basis and is unable to stop using even if they want to do so. The drug creates changes in the brain’s chemistry, triggering the pleasure center of the brain. Repeated use of that drug creates a reliance on the substance over time. A person’s brain and body become so dependent on the substance that they feel intense pain and withdrawal symptoms when they stop using. This may include cravings.
A person may be more likely to engage in doctor shopping if they are feeling that intensity of cravings and withdrawal. Over time, a prescription for the substance isn’t enough. They need more of the drug as their body becomes used to the amount they have. They seek out multiple medical providers to obtain that prescription.
What You Should Know About Doctor Shopping
Keep a few things in mind about this practice, especially when related to opioid use:
- It’s illegal if you are being dishonest or acting in a fraudulent manner.
- Most often, doctors and pharmacists have tools to minimize the risk of prescribing drugs to a person with a prescription already in place.
- It’s an indication that your body and brain are dependent on the substance. That means you need professional help to stop using it.
- The need for more of the drug will continue to increase over time. Soon, it will be impossible to keep up with the body’s demands.
- The more of a substance you take, the higher the risks are for overdosing.
Recognizing these risks, it may be time to make a change. Treatment for prescription opioid abuse can be essential to helping a person to break free from this addiction and dependence. You may not be able to stop using on your own, but through professional addiction treatment, you can have a new lease on life.
How to Get Help for Prescription Opioid Abuse
Do you need to use opioids as a way to deal with pain in your life? You may be terrified of not having access to the drugs you need. Even in these situations, there is help for those who have dependence. The key is to know other treatments that can manage the pain you feel without putting your life on the line by taking high doses of opioids. Our goal is to help you stop the pain and the addictive behaviors. We do this through a wide range of treatment programs, including:
- Drug detox program
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Medication-assisted treatment
- Partial hospitalization program
- Residential treatment programs
- Psychotherapy program
When you embrace your health and reach out for help, you can stop needing to find a new doctor. You can get the help you need for addiction here.
Invest in Your Future at Archstone Behavioral Health
Be honest with yourself. Are you engaging in doctor shopping? Are you ready to make a change so you can start building a healthy future? Our team at Archstone Behavioral Health offers the treatment programs you need to get to a better place. Learn about them by connecting with our team online or calling 561.631.9478 for an appointment.