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Prescription Medication Detox
When people use them properly, prescription medications serve a very important purpose. They help people deal with their physical or mental issues in the best way possible. Unfortunately, many prescription medications are subject to abuse in the hands of people who decide to use them in ways their doctor never intended. By the way, some prescription medications are being sold on the streets. They are falling into the hands of recreational drug users who use and abuse them as a means of altering their reality.
The two main groups of prescription medications that people typically abuse are painkillers and benzos. In both of these cases, the drugs can be highly addictive, which of course, leads to a bevy of problems.
Addiction to prescription medications has become all too common of a problem in the U.S. As it relates to painkillers, painkiller abuse has become a bit of an epidemic. As the number of people with a prescription medication addiction issue rises, so does the need for addiction treatment services.
If someone intends to fight back against their prescription medication addiction, they are going to have too eventually stop abusing their drug of choice. When that happens, they will immediately come face to face with related withdrawal symptoms.
Like each medication has its own set of side effects, the withdrawal symptoms associated with each drug can be a little different. With that said, there is some common ground. Here’s a list of withdrawal symptoms one could associate with almost any narcotic that an individual might decide to start abusing:
- Problems with respiratory system
- Problems with circulatory system
- Stomach cramps and aches
- Sweating, nausea, vomiting
- The onset of psychological problems like depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideology
- Problems with concentration and coordination
- Possible hallucinations and sleeping issues
Regardless of the drug addiction in question, the body is going to eventually have to endure some adversity as it goes through the detox process. At times, going through detox has the potential of putting an individual’s health and even life at risk. By the way, withdrawal is the body’s revenge for the drug user suddenly stopping the abuse of the drug the body has grown to need.
If someone intends to stop abusing their prescription drugs “cold turkey” and subsequently intends to manage their withdrawal symptoms on their own, that may not be a good idea. Prescription painkillers rely on opiates as a primary active ingredient. The detox process someone might encounter coming off opiate abuse could be dangerous. That is why addiction treatment professionals highly recommend that people seek help with the detox process instead of trying to go it on their own.
The fact you are reading this information indicates you may be addicted to prescription medications. If so, we highly recommend you seek help, starting with the detox process. We want you to be safe and secure as you deal with your withdrawal issues.
We would like to see you come in for treatment. If we believe you are facing the prospect of a rough detox process, we want you to go through it in a medically monitored detox program. By participating in a detox program, medical staffers will be able to watch out for your while you deal with your withdrawal symptoms.
We would start by encouraging you to go through withdrawal as naturally as possible. The use of relief medications during detox should be a last resort. However, we would have a doctor standing by to monitor your progress. If your pain becomes unbearable or sleeping issues persist, the medical staff will always have the option of offering something in the form of relief medications.
Depending on your drug of choice and the depth of your addiction, you can expect to need at least a week to deal with your withdrawal symptoms. In the worst cases, we sometimes place a client on a tapering drug like methadone or suboxone. Tapering drugs provide a safer path through the detox process, though tapering programs can last for several weeks.
Once you have successfully completed the detox portion of treatment, you should be ready to go through therapy. It’s here that you will get an opportunity to learn the truth about your addiction. That will put you in a position to start developing the coping skills you will need to avoid potential relapses in the future.
If you need help with your addiction, there is no better time than now to seek it.
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