Prescription Painkiller Detox

Prescription Painkiller Detox

An estimated 20 percent of Americans are using prescription painkillers for nonmedical uses. It is a problem of national concern. Using and/or misusing prescription painkillers can spiral into addiction silently, and with devastating results. When a person is ready to admit their addiction and is ready to get out from under the control of prescription painkillers, their best bet for recovery is to seek out a prescription painkiller detox facility that offers addiction treatment.

Detoxifying the body of prescription drugs is core to recovery. Unless a person undergoes detox treatment, toxins may remain in the body causing cravings long after the person has ceased using the drug. Such cravings are the reason that many with prescription drug addictions experience relapse. A detox program will flush the body of all residual painkillers and purify the body from the unwanted effects of the drugs.

Prescription Drug Withdrawal

Physiological and psychological symptoms are common problems during the initial stages of any detox program. Of course the precise nature of the symptoms as well as their severity will depend largely upon the kind of painkiller that was abused, along with its frequency.

The best detox facilities offer medically supervised withdrawal care which can alleviate, or in some cases, even eliminate unpleasant symptoms. Painkillers affect the user’s brain function which is why it is nearly impossible to quit on your own. Doctors may use medications like methadone or naltrexone which work as opioid blockers to eliminate the cravings and minimize the symptoms.

Symptoms of Prescription Painkiller Withdrawal

People addicted to prescription painkillers should not simply stop cold turkey. Stopping misuse of painkillers may lead to difficult withdrawal symptoms such as depression, anxiety and severe psychological pain. The person will begin to feel that they require the painkillers just to keep going. Other symptoms may include: cramping, nausea, vomiting, hot or cold sweats, insomnia or pain in joints or muscles.

Follow Through and Follow Up Treatment

Once the body is clean of the toxins and the worst of the withdrawal symptoms have passed, the person will need to follow through on drug rehab treatment by addressing the psychological elements of their addiction. People turn to prescription painkillers for a reason and that reason needs to be examined and addressed. Group and individual therapy will teach the person more appropriate ways of coping with those underlying addiction causes – ways that do not involve taking drugs.

Even after the full rehab treatment has been completed, the person still has a commitment to make. That commitment is to an aftercare program that will help them get through those first delicate months when sobriety is really tough.

Take the First Step

If you are ready to live sober and want to be free of a painkiller addiction, don’t try to go it alone. You will not recover from your addiction until you take the first step of admitting that you have a problem and you need help. Don’t wait until you are in legal trouble or until your addiction unravels your life and the lives of your loved ones. Take one small positive step today and reach out for help.

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