Prescription Painkiller Detox
Prescription pain killers are basically pharmaceutical opioids that are used to relieve and manage pain. They act on the nervous
system to reduce pain and when used correctly they are very effective, but when
they are misused or abused they can cause physical dependency, addiction and
withdrawal symptoms. When this happens the affected individual would then need
to undergo a prescription painkiller detox program. The detox programs are
designed to treat the dependency and assist the patient to fully recover from
the addiction and resume normal life.
The detox programs typically use different kinds of therapies to treat opioid addiction.
The most common therapies are medication assisted
therapy which is usually complemented by behavioral therapy. The medication
assisted therapy involves giving patients reduced and steady doses of milder opioids
such as methadone, naltrexone, buprenorphine and naloxone. This method helps
prevent the brain from experiencing fluctuations high doses and low doses of
the opioid medication which causes withdrawal symptoms. Over time the doses are
tapered off and when they are no longer administered the body will no longer
crave for them. Behavioral therapies complement the medication therapies
because they help the patient address some of the underlying factors that may
have led to the addiction.
Prescription painkiller addiction is just as serious as any other addictions but with the right help patients can completely recover
from the addiction.