Prescription pain medication addiction is a growing problem in the US. An estimated 5.2 million people used prescription pain relievers in 2006 for nonmedical reasons, up from 4.7 million in 2005, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. That’s more than twice the 2.4 million people the department estimates use cocaine nationwide. It is believed that nearly 5 percent of the total adult population in the Unites States abuses or misuses prescription drugs and painkillers, like OxyContin and Vicodin.
When used outside of medical direction, these drugs can cause physical dependence, and a host of withdrawal symptoms if abstinence occurs. The longer someone takes or abuses prescription pain meds, the more and more they require in order to achieve the same effect or feeling in their body. If they finally choose to stop, the withdrawal symptoms they experience will be proportional to how addicted they are and how long they have been taking the drug. Serenity Acres helps people recover from the disease of drug addiction, including prescription painkiller addiction. Using a unique combination of holistic and traditional techniques allows us to effectively meet the unique needs of each of our patients, and our expertly trained staff of physicians and therapists helps people make the journey from addiction to recovery.
Prescription Painkiller Withdrawal: Symptoms
When the body is physically dependent on any drug, there are usually a range of withdrawal symptoms that occur if you stop using abruptly. The first step towards recovery is allowing the body to detox, or begin the process of clearing out all the toxins and chemicals from the internal environment. When not performed under medical supervision, prescription painkiller withdrawal will usually emerge, which can include moodiness, anxiety, nausea or vomiting, aches, diarrhea, and migraines. These symptoms can be uncomfortable and scary to consider, but it is necessary to go through detox in order to begin the healing process.
Prescription Painkiller Detox: Fighting Physical Withdrawal
Although prescription painkillers can lead to a physical addiction and dependence in the body, there are ways to fight back. There are several FDA-approved medications that are used during detox to help fight both the withdrawal symptoms and the physical cravings for prescription painkiller drugs. Most of our patients will use Suboxone therapy for a period of about 3 weeks in order to help ease the physical symptoms and cravings for prescription pain meds. This, combined with supportive treatments such as massage, acupuncture, a healthy diet, etc helps to ease withdrawal and promote recovery.
Prescription Painkiller Detox: Possible Complications
The complication that most people are at risk for during detox is that they might return to their drug habits after detox has concluded. This can often lead to accidental overdose, and sometimes even death. Tolerance decreases as the body is detoxed, so if someone suddenly starts taking the drug again at the same level they were when they previously stopped, their body will often be unable to handle the levels and they can overdose.
Prescription Painkiller Treatment
Serenity Acres can help you or your loved one recover from your prescription painkiller addiction. We have an extremely experienced treatment team who utilize the best of Eastern and Western medicine to help patients through this difficult time. We use our sauna detoxification program to help eliminate residual toxins and drug residue from the body, limiting the future cravings for those drugs. We will teach patients to re-establish a positive relationship with themselves and their life, and find new goals and ways of living that may have become lost or buried due to your addiction.
If you or a loved one would like more information about recovering from a prescription pain medication addiction, please call us 24 hours a day at 1-800-203-2024.