Prescription Opiate Addiction
America is in the midst of an opiate epidemic, with unprecedented numbers of people addicted to prescription painkillers. These medications include:
It happens incredibly often that a person goes in for a routine medical procedure like getting their wisdom teeth removed and walks out with a prescription for a powerful and dangerous opiate. Doctors are even giving out prescriptions for less-than-severe pain. More often than not, these doctors don’t give their patients proper warning about how dangerous and addictive these drugs are.
Addiction can happen even when the medication is taken as directed if they are taken for a long time. However, many people begin to like the feeling the drugs give them and end up taking more than they should. As they take more, their body becomes dependent on the drug and eventually a person is hooked.
A person can continue to abuse prescription opiates for days, weeks, months, or even years. A person’s detox will depend heavily on how long they used the drug and how much of it was used. Many people who start with prescription opiates move onto heroin because when the pills run out, heroin – which is in the same family of drugs – is actually cheaper and more readily available. It’s a horrible downward spiral, and the only hope to get out is by going through prescription opiate detox.
Prescription Opiate Detox
Prescription opiates are at the root of the opioid epidemic in America, and can often lead to heroin addiction. Detoxing from prescription opiates can be just as severe as detoxing from any illegal drug, and requires a medically supervised environment.
The Florida House Experience understands how severe prescription pill addiction can get. The severity of the symptoms of detox depends on a number of factors, including how much of the drug was taken, and for how long. Withdrawal symptoms from quitting prescription opiates includes:
- Intense cravings
- Gastrointestinal issues like diarrhea and nausea
- Cold, clammy skin
- Body aches
- Restless legs
When a person regularly ingests a drug, their body chemistry and mind becomes dependent on it. When the drug is suddenly removed, the body goes into a state of chaos as it re-learns how to function without it. The unpleasant symptoms above happen as a result of the body trying to regulate itself back to normal.
We use a combination of medicine and therapy to help clients get through the initial acute withdrawal stage. Without support, it is very likely that people addicted to prescription opiates will relapse within the first few days of detox.
Withdrawal is a necessary part of sobering up and entering a sober lifestyle. The most promising way to do so is under medical care. Additionally, we help clients rule out and/or treat any underlying medical and emotional issues so that no medical emergencies arise during the process of detox.
We take the time to customize detox plans for all of our clients, because no two addictions are alike, and every person’s recovery process is entirely personal and individual.
Prescription Opiate Detox at The Florida House Experience
At The Florida House Experience, we realize that prescription opiates may be used alone or together with other drugs or alcohol. We treat all addiction detox at the same time but individually in order to make sure we eliminate the possibility of medical complications. A thorough and complete medical and mental evaluation is done when a client first walks through our doors to rule out any underlying medical issues. With extended painkiller abuse, a person may experience intense physical symptoms like pain and discomfort. They may also suffer from anxiety and depression due to the drug suddenly being removed from their system. A proper medical detox is necessary to make successful withdrawal possible.
During prescription opiate detox, we offer therapeutic support to our clients so that they know they are not alone in the process and so that they know they have people to turn to in case of crisis. This kind of support is available to our clients 24/7 from our compassionate and dedicated nursing, medical, and technical staff. They are all specially trained to work with clients who are withdrawing from prescription opiates and are dedicated to getting you through the detox process without a hitch.
When a client first arrives at the Florida House Experience for prescription opiate detox, they undergo an intensive evaluation of their medical and psychiatric history. They will also be medically and psychologically assessed in order to create a baseline for the patient. We understand that each client that comes through our doors is different, and the entire treatment process from detox to discharge is completely customized for each person. We treat everyone on a completely individual basis.
After the initial assessment is completed, our doctors prescribe appropriate medication to help during detox. These medications include things to ease anxiety and depression and to help physical symptoms. Our clients start their course of medication immediately after evaluation because detox symptoms can begin after only a couple of hours or days and the severity of those symptoms is unpredictable. Symptoms can also come on suddenly, so we would rather prevent the situation from happening in the first place instead of waiting for it to occur. As the detox process progresses, clients are slowly weaned off of medication as their body returns to regular functioning.
We take care to use medication that is non-habit forming throughout detox and treatment, and medication is administered in a supervised setting to make sure that patients are taking the appropriate dose when they should be. We give the smallest dose possible in order to allow patients to be as coherent as possible so that they can get the most out of treatment.
As the first week of detox progresses, clients will be monitored 24/7 for changes in their vital signs or anything that may indicate that a medical issue has arisen. During this first week, the client is allowed to rest as much as they need to, eat regular, healthy meals, and attend group sessions as much as they can to begin absorbing information about addiction treatment. As the detox program runs its course, the client will eventually begin to feel stronger and more capable of absorbing information, so they will be expected to go to more groups. Detox usually lasts about one week, give or take a few days depending on the severity of the addiction.
After detox, the client will transition to our treatment program to help learn positive and healthy behaviors and address all the issues surrounding addiction. Recovery starts with detox and must continue with treatment for the best results possible and sustained sobriety.