Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Conway Behavioral Health | 2255 Sturgis Road Conway AR 72034 to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Conway Behavioral Health | 2255 Sturgis Road Conway AR 72034.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Common Signs & Symptoms of Prescription Drug Addiction

Get in front of an prescription painkiller addiction by learning the signs and symptoms. Read what causes prescription painkiller addiction, what signs to look out for, and potential long-term effects. Understanding your symptoms is the first step to successful healing.

Understanding Prescription Painkillers

Learn about prescription painkillers and substance abuse

Education is an essential tool in the fight to overcome prescription painkiller addiction. The more you understand about the signs, symptoms, and effects of prescription drug abuse, the better prepared you will be to get help for yourself or a loved one. 

Prescription painkiller abuse is a widespread problem that has touched nearly every community in the United States. And while new regulations have been enacted to address this issue, thousands of individuals and families continue to suffer from the effects of this epidemic.  

 

Prescription pain medications like Vicodin, morphine, and OxyContin can be safely consumed under a doctor’s supervision for short-term periods during the healing process. But because they can create a tranquilizing high when abused, they have unfortunately become popular substances of abuse.  

Over time, abusing these medications can result in damages to your mental, physical, and emotional health that can be difficult to overcome without professional help. But fortunately, there are more options for quality prescription painkiller treatment programs than ever before. With support from Conway Behavioral Health Hospital’s comprehensive treatment program, you can overcome your prescription painkiller addiction and reclaim control of your life.  

Statistics

Prescription painkiller addiction statistics 

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has reported the following statistics about prescription painkiller addiction in the United States: 

Causes & Risks

Causes and risk factors for prescription painkiller addiction  

Your risk for addiction can be influenced by a variety of internal and external factors, including the following: 

  • Family history of substance abuse, addiction, or mental illness 
  • Having a novelty-seeking or impulsive personality 
  • Living in poverty 
  • Early exposure to substance abuse 
  • Experiencing excessive stress or pressure 
  • Having a parent or sibling who struggles with prescription painkiller addiction 
  • Personal history of mental illness 
  • Prior substance abuse 
  • Personal history of abuse, neglect, or other form of trauma 
  • Associating with peers who engage in prescription painkiller abuse 

 

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of prescription painkiller addiction 

A person who is struggling with prescription painkiller addiction may experience a wide range of signs and symptoms, including the following: 

Behavioral symptoms: 

  • Going to multiple doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions 
  • Altered ability to perform occupationally 
  • Withdrawal from friends and family 
  • Lying 
  • Frequent absences from work 
  • No longer participating in activities that they once found enjoyable 
  • Stealing or borrowing money 

Physical symptoms: 

  • Decline in personal hygiene 
  • Impaired coordination 
  • Changes in sleeping patterns 
  • Changes in eating habits 
  • Bloodshot eyes 
  • Tremors/shakes  

Mental symptoms: 

  • Declined ability to use sound decision-making skills 
  • Confusion 
  • Disorientation 
  • Difficulty concentrating 
  • Loss of sound judgment 
  • Altered perceptions of reality 
  • Declined reasoning capabilities 

Effects

Effects of prescription painkiller addiction and substance abuse

Failing to get effective prescription painkiller addiction treatment can put you at risk for a wide range of negative outcomes, including the following: 

  • Fractured relationships 
  • Onset or worsening of symptoms of other mental health conditions 
  • Decline in overall physical health 
  • Memory disturbances 
  • Cognitive impairment 
  • Declined ability to perform well at work, potentially resulting in job loss 
  • Chronic unemployment 

While these damages can have a serious impact on your life, you can overcome them with the right support. By entering treatment, you can heal from the past and avoid further damages to your well-being. 

Co-Occurring Disorders

Prescription painkiller addiction and co-occurring disorders

People who struggle with prescription painkiller addiction may also have an increased risk of developing the following mental health disorders: 

  • Posttraumatic stress disorder 
  • Bipolar disorder 
  • Anxiety disorders 
  • Borderline personality disorder 
  • Other substance use disorders 
  • Depressive disorders 

Withdrawal & Overdose

Effects of prescription painkiller withdrawal and overdose

Effects of withdrawal: Depending upon the type of prescription painkiller you have been using, trying to stop once you’ve become addicted can trigger several distressing symptoms. Known as withdrawal, this experience may include the following symptoms: 

  • Hallucinations 
  • Confusion 
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle weakness 
  • Nausea 
  • Restlessness 
  • Feelings of depression and anxiety 
  • Feelings of agitation and irritability 
  • Abdominal cramping 
  • Profuse sweating 
  • Tremors 

Effects of overdose: Anyone who demonstrates the following signs after using a prescription painkiller may have overdosed and should seek immediate medical attention: 

  • Changes in skin tone 
  • Severe breathing difficulties 
  • Dilated pupils 
  • Losing the ability to communicate 
  • Disorientation to person, time, place, and/or situation 
  • Seizures 
  • Falling into a coma 
  • Decreased heart rate 
  • Clammy skin 
  • Severe dizziness