Detox in itself is a hard process, but prescription drug addiction can be extremely hard for an individual to battle on their own without proper medical supervision. Prescription drug detox should be done in a supervised manner, either in a medical facility like a hospital or in a certified rehabilitation center. While there are treatment facilities that solely focus on detox, those that are combined with long term treatment can offer up more sustainable care for recovering addicts. Understanding the hurdles of the detox process can help an addict prepare themselves for the long road ahead of them.
Drug detox isn’t a blanket recovery that is handled the same for everyone. Depending on the kind of drugs that an individual is addicted to and their tolerance levels over time will directly affect how intense their withdrawal symptoms will be. Detox is a necessary part of breaking the physical dependency to prescription drugs, but this should be done in a medically supervised environment where other medication are available or an individual can be weaned off of a drug slowly.
Drug detox centers also give an addict a chance to be pulled out of their current environment which might involve patterns or individual that cause them to use. Without these triggers in one’s live, supervised medical detox will be much more successful. Prescription drug detox can be monitored, and depending on the drug that one was addicted to, there can be different detox methods put into place. Some detox processes are so intense that an individual might need to be slowly weaned off of a drug, or might have to take other medications to combat flu like symptoms or hallucinations. The whole point of a medically supervised environment is to make detox as easy and painless on a patient so that they can move on to the next stages of recovery.
Withdrawal symptoms are the physical and mental ramifications that will occur when an addict begins to come down from their drug of choice. The most common drugs that require detox are OxyContin, Vicodin, and Xanax. These prescription drugs are highly addictive and hard for an individual to break free of the physical dependence.
Opiate withdrawal is what happens when the abuse of an addictive substance such as heroin is ceased. Withdrawal symptoms can only occur if the person who is abusing the substance has developed a physical dependence to it. The withdrawal symptoms that are experienced from abusing substances are the body’s way of trying to function without the substance in its system; this is why cravings occur.
Withdrawal from opiates can be assisted with medication such as Suboxone among others. These medications are able to give the user a milder although similar effect to what they would experience from abusing opioids or opiates. In conjunction with giving the user a milder yet similar effect, the medication also blocks certain receptors in the brain that the abused substance acts on to eliminate the potential for any further abuse of the substance or the medication. The medications are intended to help addicts remain abstinent while easing their withdrawal symptoms.
While prescription drug detox is an important part of one’s beginning steps, drug rehabilitation will involve more than just overcoming a drug’s physical effects. Over half of recovering addicts will relapse at some point as reported by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This really showcases how much relapse support needs to be integral part of treatment, and that detox alone can leave a person vulnerable to triggers and cravings. The best type of medical prescription drug detox centers can provide customized therapy and support, and deal with both the mental and physical aspects of drug addiction recovery.
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