Detox for Painkiller Addiction

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Painkiller detoxification refers to treatment  process to stop an individual who has been an addict to painkiller from taking the drug. The main steps of drug detoxification include evaluation, stabilization, and guiding a patient into treatment. Once a patient is taken to a Waters Edge Recovery rehabilitation center, he or she is evaluated, in this stage, doctors assess the patient to look for potential co-occurring disorders, dual diagnosis, and mental/behavioral issues as well as checking for specific substances that are presently circulating in their bloodstream and the amount. The next step is stabilization which can be performed using a medicine or not. In the last stage, the patient is guided through the treatment process.

Painkiller are mostly used by people when they are in pain to lower the pain as they wait to receive proper treatment with the Alcohol Treatment in Florida program. The painkiller have the ability to lower pains due to their interaction with opioid receptors in the brain that results in a down-modification of the sensations of pain. It is believed that a significant number of people are continuingly using the painkiller and a large number are addicted to them. It is recommended for people who are addicted to painkillers to seek immediate treatment options. However, it is essential to note that managing opioid withdrawal can be a difficult process since the symptoms may have the potential to be overwhelmingly uncomfortable and can trigger a relapse. Suppose one has been abusing painkillers, they may become dependent on the drug, essentially one may begin to need the drug every time so as to feel better. When physical dependency on opioid painkillers has set in, a withdrawal syndrome is frequently experienced when the use of the drugs stops. Painkillers affect people differently, for instance, the extent to which one may feel the withdrawal syndrome may differ from the level that another person may fell the effect; also the frequency and the use of the drug plays a major role.

Painkiller addicts may feel the withdrawal syndromes in the early stage and the late stage. Insomnia, yawning, muscle aches, agitation, anxiety, and sweating are some of the early signs and symptoms of painkiller withdrawal. On the other hand, the late withdrawal signs include vomiting, nausea, dilated pupils, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping.

The detox process can be through medication or one can opt not use medication, however some of the commonly used medication in treating withdrawal syndrome include, Naloxone, Naltrexone , Buprenorphine , and Methadone. The main difference between methadone and buprenorphine is that the latter partially activates the brain’s opioid receptors while the former activates the brain’s opioid receptors, however, both are administered orally.

On the other hand, patients can choose to undergo behavioral therapy which is mainly administered in group therapy, individual therapy and family therapy. However, the therapy will vary depending on the treatment center philosophy, patients preference and the treatment center type.

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