Recognizing Warning Signs of Prescription Painkiller Misuse Essential to Early Treatment, Says Chapters Capistrano

Knowing the warning signs that could indicate an opioid addiction problem can lead to life-saving intervention, asserts Chapters Capistrano.

Misuse of prescription painkillers continues to be a growing problem. Although a recent article notes that the number of people taking prescription painkillers has decreased over the years, “the use of potentially dangerous high doses and medication combination, and other risky usage patterns are all on the rise.” Prescription painkillers can be a safe and effective way to manage pain when used appropriately, but they still come with a high risk of addiction. Orange County luxury drug and alcohol rehab center Chapters Capistrano has released a statement to the press discussing key warning signs people should be aware of and how to help if addiction does develop.

“Prescription pain medication misuse can be easy to overlook if you don’t know the signs” says Mike Shea, founder of Chapters Capistrano. “People often become skilled at hiding their use or making excuses for changes in behavior or mood. Or, the person may not recognize the harm in taking an extra dose or combining it with another medication.”

One of the most noticeable signs, because it stands out as unusual, is when the person has multiple prescriptions for the same medication, or goes to more than one pharmacy to get their prescriptions filled. They may also “doctor shop” and visit several different medical professionals complaining about the same thing in order to get different prescriptions.

“You may also notice that they seem to go through their prescription more quickly than normal,” notes Shea. “This could mean that they are taking it more often or in higher doses than prescribed. The person may blame the pharmacy for filling it incorrectly; however, there are multiple checks that take place to reduce risk of this happening.”

Because of the powerful nature of these medications, they can contribute to changes in mood or behavior. Family and friends may notice that loved ones seem more anxious or aggressive. They may also experience depression and turn to other self-medicating methods such as drinking. When the topic of prescription misuse is brought up, they may get defensive or try to rationalize their increased use.

“Talking about addiction is a sensitive subject,” says Shea, “but one that is very serious. If you’re concerned and your loved one is not responsive to your worries, talk to their doctor or an addiction specialist. They can help to determine if an addiction problem exists and work with you on taking steps to get your loved one the help they need. Don’t try to wait things out to see if they get worse because by then it could be too late.”

Drug and alcohol rehab centers work with clients at all stages of dependency and addiction to help them effectively work through these challenges. “It’s never too early to seek treatment if you feel there is a problem,” explains Shea. “Recovery is possible and can allow you to get your life back on track.” Chapters Capistrano offers customized treatment programs tailored to clients’ individual needs to support them along each step of the way in their recovery, adds Shea.


Chapters Capistrano is a luxury drug and alcohol treatment center located in the city of San Clemente in Orange County, Southern California, with two beautiful ocean-view homes. Specializing in all types of substance abuse, Chapters offers flexible treatment programs that are designed to offer greater confidence in addiction recovery. With a thorough approach to detox, counseling and mental health, this center has delivered many success stories. In addition to offering alternative approaches to conventional recovery, Chapters is also recognized for providing guest comfort with exceptional accommodations, private rooms and cell and laptop allowance.

Those searching to begin a new “Chapter” in addiction recovery are encouraged to contact the facility today and visit them on Twitter to keep up with current news.

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