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Recreational Athlete Pain Pill Addiction

Part of being an athlete at any level is dealing with the inevitability of body aches and pains. While the challenges for professional athletes with chronic pain are well documented, many recreational athletes also struggle with incessant and debilitating body pain. In an effort to maintain their active lifestyles, a large portion of amateur and recreational athletes rely on painkillers to treat their acute and chronic pain – similar to their professional counterparts.

The Pitfalls of Painkillers

If this behavior continues over the course of time, the potential for dependency and addiction are greatly increased. The potential ramifications of a painkiller addiction can include a reduction in quality of life, an increase in opioid immunity (leading to more pain pill abuse), an inability to get from day to day without painkillers and a reduction in pain tolerance (due to the consequential development of hyperalgesia).

Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches recognizes your desire to remain active in sports and athletics while trying to live pain free. The problem with painkillers, aside from the addictive nature, is that they do not treat pain, they merely mask it. When it comes to chronic pain, this creates a potentially deadly cycle, as there are more overdoses from prescription drugs than any illicit drug in the nation.

Substance Abuse and Athletics Don’t Mix

While many professional athletes resort to substance abuse as a response to pain or intense pressure to perform, there are numerous reasons why a recreational athlete might use drugs. As with any other drug addict, there are often preexisting mental health conditions which have potentially contributed to or led to habitual substance abuse.

The recreational athletes drug rehab program at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches seeks to uncover the reasons, triggers and characteristics of our patients’ addictions in order to provide a higher level of care. Our ultimate goal is to free our patients from the grip of drug addiction through education, group and individual counseling, stimulating activities and a host of innovative mental therapies.

Additionally, our resort-like facility offers patients the chance to remain active in athletics, as we have a full gym, a basketball court, pool and a wealth of open space for sports.

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Our Drug-Free Pain Management Techniques Include:

Individualized Aftercare Services

After completing our program, athletes will be offered further treatment recommendations based on their individual care needs. We want to ensure long-term success following rehab and will refer you to any of a number of aftercare services to make sure you remain on the right path.

Your athletics don't have to come at the cost of your mental and physical health. Call (888) 432-2467 to learn more about how you can overcome your addiction while maintaining an active lifestyle.

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Understanding Addiction to Pain Medication

Infographic: Painkiller Addiction in the US is an Epidemic

This infographic on painkiller addiction makes the case that prescription pain medication abuse has reached epidemic proportions in the US with over 5 million people abusing painkillers each year. Using evidence collected by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the CDC,, and a study from the University of Texas - this infographic states that opioid painkillers are now responsible for more deaths each year in all age groups than all illegal drugs combined. In addition to this shocking statistic, as the country has begun to crack down on prescription pain medicine abuse, many former painkiller addicts have begun to switch to the cheaper and more readily available heroin as their drug of choice.

infographic cites 5.1 million people have abused pain medication in the U.S.
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