Withdrawal from prescription opioids can be hard – especially when trying to do it alone. The physical and psychological trauma of addiction and the detox period is extremely challenging. At Brazos Recovery Services, we fully understand this. Through our professional guidance and medical care, we strive to make every client’s detox experience as manageable as possible. Dealing with varying levels of symptoms at different stages of the detox process is vital to ensure each case is a success.
The detox phase is possibly the most important step in a client’s road to recovery. In America, the opioid epidemic is a serious issue. There has been a significant increase in addictions to prescription medication drugs like Vicodin, Norco, Oxycontin, Fentanyl, Percocet, Dilaudid, Tramadol, Codeine and Morphine. Along with street heroin, these are categorized as narcotics. Despite these drugs sharing similar symptoms, the way people respond to them is wide-ranging.
Every client’s battle with addiction is different, and each withdrawal case is unique. For this reason, we provide a detox program tailored for you.
Managing Prescription Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms
The early stages of detox are the most difficult. Flu-like symptoms and cramps begin to wear clients down, and the subsequent distress caused by this is what prevents many people from doing something about their addiction. Although withdrawal symptoms are sometimes unavoidable and extremely unpleasant, there is a way of managing them.
We provide 24-hour support and care, so you never have to experience any withdrawal symptoms alone. Our safe, comfortable, medical environment means you or your family member can feel at ease with the detox process while being treated with approved medication. We offer a professional service, and we understand the strain of prescription opioid detox.
Prescription Detox Medication
The first step in treating a prescription narcotic addiction is reducing your dependence on that substance. Once achieved, our medical experts can assess which form of medication is best for your particular case. For example, addictions to drugs like Fentanyl or Vicodin would typically be treated through tapering, and eventually replaced by a substitute medication, like Suboxone. At all times throughout this replacement process, our client’s comfort is at the center of everything we do.
Taking Other Drugs?
Polydrug use is common among many of our clients. We understand the downward spiral of drug abuse and the subsequent dependence on other drugs as a solution. This often has no bearing on the outcome of our detox programs, but we do ask clients to be open and honest with our staff. When given the correct information, we can develop a detox plan that works best for you.
We offer bespoke solutions for those who find themselves involved with multiple forms of drug use and can provide the help they need. To get the most out of these plans, we need transparency, so please be honest about your situation. The more we know, the more we can help.
Taking Prescription Medications?
As with polydrug use, we need to be made aware of any additional prescribed medication clients are taking to ensure we issue the appropriate detox medication. When used alongside certain prescriptions, our medication could be harmful to clients’ health, so we must be informed before the detox process begins to ensure the plan is safe and effective.
If you are unsure of other prescriptions, then ask your physician or doctor to provide a list for us to check.
Common Prescription Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms from prescription opioids can be extremely challenging. Stopping can be unpleasant and equally demanding when attempted alone, especially in the early stages.
Physical Withdrawal Symptoms from Opioids
These can be severe. If your detox attempt lacks proper procedures and management, you’ll likely experience some acute symptoms:
- stomach cramps
- watering eyes
- aches and pains
- abdominal problems
- inability to sleep
When you’re going through these symptoms, it’s hard to stay optimistic. Our professional, round-the-clock support and use of approved medication, allows us to mitigate these physical symptoms. With our help, the stress and strain of the early stages of detox are far less daunting and much more manageable.
Psychological Withdrawal Symptoms from Opioids
As with most addictions, the physical toll is accompanied by psychological trauma. After prolonged substance misuse, the brain’s chemistry and its ability to function will, of course, be affected. As clients stop using prescription opioids, they can expect to feel a range of emotions, like anger, depression or anxiety.
We are highly experienced in dealing with the mental consequences of detoxing and providing specialist support to guide you, or your family member, through this challenging stage.
How Long Does a Prescription Opioid Detox Last?
The length of your prescription opioid detox is dependent on how well you respond to treatment. After being assessed by our staff, we should be able to provide a time frame for how long we expect your detox to take.
Your detox stage is just the start. Our programs are designed to give you the confidence and tools needed for the next step on your road to recovery.
As already mentioned, the detox stage is a vital step at the start of a much longer journey to a life free of opioid substance abuse, and we’ve found that those who fully commit to this rehabilitation period, are the ones who experience the most significant change in their lives. Detoxing is a fine starting point, but only truly effective if the same determination is applied to the next phase: treatment.
As substance abuse is an underlying issue, it takes much more time to eradicate completely. We are invested in our clients’ recovery and from start to finish, we are on hand to ensure that we get to the root of the issue.
What Happens After a Prescription Opioid Dependency Detox?
To get the most out of your detox program, it should be followed by a continued stay at our treatment center. We pride ourselves on our caring, compassionate and understanding hospitality in environments where clients feel at ease. Most of the treatment following detox is based around therapeutic methods.
This may be one-to-one, group meetings or family therapy in later stages. Here, you get the chance to reflect, discuss and learn from fellow clients, and approach the next stage with a much clearer perspective. These are all based around on-site transitional living. We do, however, also provide off-campus excursions like fishing, hiking and camping to make treatment a much more enjoyable process.
The journey to sobriety is far more than detox. After this early stage is completed, we try to incorporate more day-to-day activities, like gym privileges, weekly store trips and opportunities for families to visit. After detox, the road to recovery does get better. Detox for any addiction is the hardest step, and probably the most important. But, all the hard work of your initial withdrawal can be wasted if it is not followed by a successful treatment program.
Prescription Opioid Detox FAQ
Is a prescription opioid detox safe?
If carried out under appropriate management and proper medical guidance, then yes, it is safe. If not, it can be extremely unsafe, and a relapse will likely occur.
What is the safest way to detox from prescription opioids?
Detox is always safest within an approved facility. With professional guidance, a range of medication and round-the-clock support, detoxing is controlled, and withdrawal symptoms are far more manageable.
Can you avoid prescription opioid withdrawal symptoms?
It is impossible to avoid withdrawal symptoms, but they can be treated and dealt with effectively. At Brazos Recovery Services, we offer the support needed to make the withdrawal period a much more bearable process.