The Truth About Painkiller Detox

 

When doctors write prescriptions for opioid painkillers, they assume that their patients will follow the prescribing information. Unfortunately, misuse is far more common than many realize.

In 2014, 54 million Americans admitted to using opioid medications for nonmedical reasons at least once. The highly addictive nature of painkillers means that even on-label use can result in problems. Fear of detox symptoms keeps many people trapped in cycles of painkiller addiction, only making the situation worse. At Banyan Treatment Center Massachusetts, we offer Boston drug and alcohol treatment for successful recovery from painkiller addiction. Here, we outline the truths about painkiller detox.

Truth: Painkiller Detox is Best Performed with Medical Supervision

As a central nervous system depressant, opioid painkillers can present challenging withdrawal symptoms during the detox process. Because of this, it is best to detox at a professional facility with the guidance of an addiction expert in Massachusetts. Withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Rapid Breathing
  • Goosebumps
  • Muscle Aches
  • Vomiting
  • Irritability
  • Cravings
  • Abdominal Cramping
  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Confusion

The severity, frequency, and onset of these symptoms will vary from patient to patient. Factors such as patient age, health, and duration of use will all influence the severity of withdrawals experienced. Our Boston drug and alcohol treatment facility provides the most effective solutions for prescription pill addiction.

Truth: Painkiller Dependence is Rooted in the Brain

The detox process for painkillers and related opioids is particularly challenging because chronic use of opioid painkillers results in brain abnormalities and alterations. As the brain grows accustomed to opioid painkillers, it starts to require the presence of these drugs just to function normally. When the use stops, the brain begins to experience withdrawals, due to the lack of the substance it’s grown used to.

Truth: Detox is the First Step in Recovery

After completing detox, there is still considerable work which must be done to maintain sobriety. At Banyan Treatment Center Massachusetts, we provide various levels of care for those in the recovery journey. Detox is the first step in the process of successfully recovering from painkiller addiction. Call 888-280-4763 to learn more.

 

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Alyssa
Alyssa
Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.