For decades, prescription pain medication has helped change the lives of thousands (if not millions) of people and for the better. Whether it is used for short-term or long-term pain, prescription painkillers have saved many people from potentially debilitating consequences.
Benefits of Receiving Painkiller Detox Prior to Receiving Medication-Assisted Treatment
However, prescription pain medication have also been viewed as drugs that have the ability to help individuals “escape” from physical and psychological pain. Both recreational and illicit use of prescription painkillers can lead to a number of negative outcomes, including developing a tolerance and/or a dependency issue. Painkillers such at OxyContin (oxycodone), Vicodin (hydrocodone), Opana (oxymorphone), and Dilaudid (hydromorphone) all contain powerfully addictive opioids that can cause extreme dependence.
Regardless of why an individual has developed dependence to prescription pain medication, once it has developed, the journey is filled with numerous obstacles. When an individual is experiencing a tolerance issue, it means that he or she needs to continually take more and more of the painkiller to achieve the desired effects. Dependence means that an individual is unable to stop, even if negative consequences have occurred, because their bodies require the presence of the painkiller.
There are a number of challenges that come with trying to overcome an addiction to a prescription painkiller, however one of the biggest difficulties comes with the detox process. During detox, the body is rid of any and all toxins, especially all traces of prescription painkiller(s). However, with detox often comes withdrawal symptoms, especially considering that the mind and body has become adjusted to the presence of painkillers.
Some of the most commonly experienced withdrawal symptoms related to prescription painkillers can include the following:
- Drug cravings
- Vomiting / diarrhea
- Disorientation and confusion
- Extreme perspiration
- Watery eyes / runny nose
- Anger / fear / frustration
Withdrawal symptoms present themselves on a case-by-case basis, however symptoms usually begin to set in within a matter of hours from the last dose and can continue for weeks.
Fortunately, there are safe and effective means that can help the withdrawal process be less painful.
Benefits of Detoxing from Painkillers with Medication-Assisted Treatment
Benefits of Receiving Detox Prior to Receiving Medication-Assisted Treatment: Detox from painkiller addiction can be much easier when supervised by a trained professional as opposed to attempting to quit on your own. Programs that offer medication-assisted treatment encourage the use of specific prescription medications to help reduce drug cravings and ease the symptoms of withdrawal. Clients who receive these medications (such as methadone, Suboxone, or Subutex) can dramatically improve their period of detox by avoiding the painful symptoms and cravings that come along with it.
Methadone and buprenorphine, two of the most commonly used drugs in medication-assisted treatment programs, interact with receptors in the brain that other opioids do. Instead, however, they do not produce a feeling of being high. As a result, individuals can avoid experiencing significant withdrawal symptoms without continuing to risk their wellbeing as they would if they continued to abuse prescription painkillers. These specific medications allow individuals to continue a regular, well-rounded lifestyle that includes holding down a job and maintaining healthy relationships.
It is also an option for individuals to utilize methadone, Suboxone, or Subutex to begin the detox process, and then move on to more long-term medications.
Benefits of Detoxing from Painkillers with Medication-Assisted Treatment: Attempting to end dependence to prescription painkillers independently is extremely difficult. A prescription painkiller addiction causes serious physical and psychological consequences that can make it challenging for an individual to remain strong throughout an attempt at independently detoxing. Not to mention, when these efforts are met with disappointment, individuals can become frustrated and experience feelings of shame, of which can continue to fuel an addiction.
At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, the detox process will be more successful than if an individual tried to go it alone. We will put each patient in a position to succeed and achieve long-term recovery. We have a highly trained and experienced staff of medication-assisted treatment professionals who will ensure that the detox process will follow science-based, research-supported tactics.
Our medical personnel ensure that all patients are taking safe and effective medications during detox. Counselors and other staff will work to help patients identify and address underlying issues that might be working to continue use. The professionals at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers work alongside each and every patient to help guide them towards a happy, healthy, and successful recovery from prescription painkiller addiction.