Why Detox & Treatment are Needed to Recover from Painkiller Addiction
Prescription painkillers have significantly improved quality of life for countless individuals across the United States and throughout the rest of the world. Their ability to reduce pain has helped people who have been impacted by a number of diseases, disorders, and conditions. Among the most commonly prescribed painkillers are opioid-based pain medications that include OxyContin and Vicodin, which contain the opioids oxycodone and hydrocodone, respectively.
Unfortunately, while being valuable for medical reasons, prescription pain medications are commonly abused for self-medication purposes and/or recreation, and present risks that can include, but are not limited to, addiction. Some individuals have grown addicted to prescription painkillers after consuming these substances for medical reasons, while others have developed dependence because of the recreational abuse they partake in.
Regardless of why you first begin to consume a prescription painkiller, developing an addiction can be highly distressing and can cause a considerable harm to your physical and mental wellbeing.
Defeating a prescription painkiller addiction can extremely difficult due to a number of factors, such as the onset of withdrawal symptoms when you stop, attempt to stop, or are prevented from abusing the painkillers that you have become dependent upon.
When you develop an addiction to prescription painkillers, your body will get used to their presence in your system. When these substances are not consumed within a timely manner, your body will start to negatively respond in a number of upsetting ways. These reactions are known as withdrawal symptoms. Depending upon the severity and nature of your prescription painkiller abuse and addiction, withdrawal symptoms can include extreme cravings for the drug, vomiting, nausea, sleep disturbances, cramping, tics and tremors, anxiety, depression, and agitation.
Since withdrawal pain can be decreased by consuming the prescription painkiller you have grown addicted to, attempting to stop an addiction on your own is often an exercise in futility. However, a much safer, effective, and more comfortable method is available: detoxification. Also known as detox, this process occurs within a clinical setting and under the supervision of certified professionals.
A comprehensive prescription painkiller treatment program that includes detox can significantly improve your ability to achieve and maintain long-term recovery from prescription painkiller addiction.
Benefits of Painkiller Detox at Life Healing Center, Serving Albuquerque & Santa Fe, NM
As noted above, comfort and safety are benefits of partaking in detox for a prescription painkiller addiction. Thankfully, detox supplies many additional advantages. Below are some of the many positive aspects of completing detox at a reputable program such as Life Healing Center:
- Transition: As soon as you have completed prescription painkiller detox, you can move directly into residential care, outpatient treatment, or whatever option has been identified as best for you. This immediate transition can be critical in the effort to avoid relapse and move forward with continued recovery.
- Comfort: Pain management can take a number of different forms within a detox program. Professionals in detox have the training and experience to help you avoid and/or manage pain as it occurs during the detox process.
- Security: During withdrawal, you might be tempted to get away from the mental or physical pain that you are experiencing by relapsing into painkiller abuse. In a detox program, any prescription medications will be stored securely and you will be unable to access these substances, preventing you from relapsing.
- Safety: While it can be painful, withdrawing from prescription painkillers is typically not a dangerous experience. However, complications can always occur. In a medically monitored detox program, professional supervision ensures that you will be safe during the entire process.
Also, during detox you will benefit from the support of others who are also completing the process of detox, as well as from the guidance of professional team members. Depending upon the specifics of your personalized treatment program, such support may vary from informal encouragement to formal therapy sessions.
Many obstacles can prevent you from effectively overcoming a prescription painkiller addiction. However, concerns or worries regarding the pain of withdrawal or the chances of being unable to clear your body of these dangerous substances should never prevent you from obtaining professional treatment that can significantly change your life. In an effective detox program, you can obtain the supervision, guidance, and support that you need to end your painkiller abuse and achieve lasting recovery.
At Life Healing Center, we understand the stresses that you can encounter when trying to obtain help for prescription painkiller addiction, and we respect the strength and courage that you have demonstrated by taking the important step of considering treatment.
We are prepared to supply the comprehensive interventions that can help you end your pattern of prescription painkiller addiction and enter a healthier, drug-free, phase of your life. If you or someone you care about can benefit from the care that we provide, please contact us at your convenience. We look forward to offering you the information you need to make the best decision for you or your loved one.