In recent years, prescription painkiller abuse has become a significant problem in the U.S. Sometimes, the problem occurs because someone with a legitimate prescription loses control of their ability to properly manage their medicine. In other cases, prescription painkiller abuse occurs because a recreational drug user is able to consistently secure opioid painkillers on the streets from drug dealers.
Regardless of the source of someone’s addiction issues, it has become a real problem in the U.S. To combat the problem, there has been a lot of effort on the part of the addiction treatment community to develop treatment programs that specifically target prescription painkiller addiction sufferers. One of the key parts of the painkiller addiction treatment process is the inclusion of medically monitored detox programs.
These programs are a necessity because of the harsh nature of painkiller withdrawal symptoms. As a case in point, take a look at this partial list of painkiller withdrawal symptoms:
- Great difficulty breathing
- An alarming increase in blood pressure
- An equally alarming increase in heart rate
- Severe cramping in the stomach area, which includes nausea and vomiting
- Auditory and visual hallucinations
- Sleeping difficulties that include nightmares while sleeping
- Tremors in the extremities
- Body convulsions
- Psychological issues related to depression, anxiety, a suicide ideation
- Loss of the ability to control body function and concentration
Obviously, this is a significant list of potential withdrawal symptoms. Can you imagine trying to deal with these symptoms on your own because you decided to stop abusing painkillers “cold turkey.?” The good news is most reputable rehab centers, ours included, do offer medically monitored detox programs for painkiller abusers.
About Detox Programs From Painkillers
Upon entering a treatment facility, all clients must go through an intake interview. During the interview, rehab administrators are trying to determine whether or not a medically monitored detox program is necessary. In the case of clients who have been abusing prescription painkillers, a detox program is usually thrown into the treatment mix.
The goal of a detox program from painkillers is very clear. The staff wants to make sure all clients get through the withdrawal process as safely as possible. To be clear, the powers to be would prefer clients go through withdrawal as naturally as possible. That would include a focus on exercise and nutrition. Unfortunately, the natural approach seldom works on someone with a serious painkiller addiction. What does work is going through withdrawal under the watchful eye of medical professionals. They know what to expect.
Should any client start to show serious signs of stress related to withdrawal, they can immediately step in and intervene. In some cases, their method of intervening could include the use of prescription medications that will bring the client relief. At the end of the day, a successful stint in a detox program will make it possible for a client to truly benefit from therapy. The whole point of therapy is to do good work in search of the truth. Yes, all clients need to know the truth about their addiction. Why? No one sets out to become addicted to painkillers.
They have their reasons for using them, but they aren’t really wanting to become addicted. So, finding out what has driven them into the cycle of addiction is important. It’s through this self-realization that they can begin to heal and learn how to fight back against the disease of addiction. Fighting back usually entails learning how to better cope with day to day life.
That requires a strong set of coping and life skills. By doing good work in treatment, clients can learn how to cope with the temptation and triggers that drive them to abuse painkillers. That is how people can learn to avoid the constant string of relapses that make their future uncertain. If you have been suffering from an addiction to painkillers, this is a cycle you need to address.
You can’t let this continue because there is too much at risk. Here is what you need to do. First, you need to admit you are helpless over painkillers. That will open the door to you wanting help. When you are ready to accept help, we will be ready to accept you as one of our clients. All you have to do is pick up your phone right now and reach out to one of our staff members by calling 833-820-2922.