Some people feel that anyone who takes Avinza long enough will become addicted to it. However, most healthcare professionals believe that only some people are inclined toward drug or alcohol abuse, and only those people are at risk for Avinza abuse. The problem is predicting who might develop a problem and who is not at risk. Having a prior history of drug or alcohol abuse, or even having a family history of such abuse, increases your risk for problems with Avinza abuse. People with mental illness may also be at risk for drug or alcohol abuse, as drugs and alcohol can be used to "self-medicate" the mental illness symptoms.
People whose pain is not adequately controlled often display signs that mimic Avinza abuse. For instance, if your prescription for Avinza is not strong enough for your pain, you may display unusual changes in behavior due to the pain, or you may take your Avinza more frequently than prescribed. If you feel your pain is not adequately controlled, please discuss this with your healthcare provider. However, many people start down the slippery slope of Avinza addiction by using inadequate pain control as an excuse.
Your healthcare provider is a great place to start when searching for help for Avinza abuse or addiction. He or she will be able to help you deal with this abuse or may suggest other resources for you.
Depending on the situation, the first step in treating Avinza addiction may be to slowly decrease the dose and attempt to treat withdrawal symptoms (see Avinza Withdrawal). This process of detoxification could then be followed with one of many behavioral therapies. Contingency management, for example, improves treatment outcomes by enabling people to earn vouchers for drug-free urine tests; the vouchers can be exchanged for items that promote healthy living. Cognitive behavioral therapies, which teach people skills to recognize risky situations, avoid drug use, and cope more effectively with problems, are proving beneficial. Recovery support groups may also be effective in conjunction with behavioral therapy.