Pain medications help a lot of people. In some cases, they’re what makes life worth living because they curb extreme pain. 

We previously looked at preventing opioid abuse prevention in teens, and now we are looking to prevent abuse in middle-aged women.

ABC News reports middle-aged women are prescribed opioids more than any other group, twice as many as middle-aged men. That makes that group more vulnerable to developing an addiction.

We talked with Sally Kammerer with the Cumberland-Perry Drug and Alcohol Commission. She told us it’s smart to not just accept an opioid prescription without asking questions. 

“You’re going to want to work with your medical professional to figure it out because pain isn’t fun and somehow there needs to be a way to figure out in what way you can get relief,” said Kammerer.

Here are three signs you have turned the corner and your opioid use has become unhealthy:

– If your pills have become less effective

– If they’re making you not feel good, or you’re sweating, nauseated, or weak.

– If you find yourself wondering if you’re taking too many pills.

If you or a loved one needs help recovering from addiction, here is a good number to call: 1-800-622-HELP (4357). It’s a national helpline staffed by trained professionals, 24 hours a day, 7 days week.