Painkiller Addiction and Painkiller Detox
About Painkiller Detox
Painkiller addictions have been on the rise in America over the past decades, and as a result, the need for painkiller detox has become a priority. Addiction to painkillers is quite common and can begin following short-term use, even under the direction of the prescribing physician. Painkiller detox is the process in which the chemical substances in opiate painkillers are removed from the body. Painkillers are highly addictive and can cause both psychological and physical dependence which can make them very difficult to detox from outside a painkiller detox center.
Physical dependence on painkillers is defined by the symptoms experienced when using stops, and the increased tolerance an individual experience while using the drugs. A psychological dependence is marked by the inability to stop using even when knowing that prescription pain addiction is causing major issues and negative consequences in all areas of life. Medical professionals have been under scrutiny for the way they handle pain treatment, and the pressure to prescribe medications to help manage pain has increased since the 1990’s. Unfortunately, there has been a corresponding rise in prescription drug addiction that has required painkiller detox centers to crop up across the nation.
Painkiller Detox in Southern California
Painkiller detox centers have proven helpful for individuals struggling with painkiller addiction and painkiller dependence. It has been reported that in excess of 3.7 million Americans over the age of 12 have admitted to misusing a prescription for painkillers. Of these, over 2 million fit the guidelines defining painkiller addiction. The feelings that painkillers can produce can be euphoric and intensely pleasurable which can cause individuals to overuse or abuse their painkiller prescriptions. If you or a loved one is showing signs and symptoms of addiction to opiate painkillers and you are increasingly worried for their safety, we urge you to call Coastline today.
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Types of Painkiller Detox
For many prescription painkiller addicts, the abuse started as a direct result of a prescription received lawfully after an accident, injury or surgery resulting in short-term pain treatment. Many addicts mistakenly believed that medication prescribed by their doctor was safer than other drugs and that the risks associated with misuse were fewer than illicit drugs. Whatever the reason for the initial prescription, individuals often become dependent on their painkillers and begin to actively seek more medications, even illegally. Some of the most common types of pain medications and painkiller detox are the following:
Codeine is often prescribed to treat mild to moderate pain and is also used in cough syrups to treat lingering coughs. Sometimes combined with Tylenol, Codeine is considered a less potent opiate drug. Codeine cough syrups are one of the more commonly abused opiate prescriptions, especially by teenagers and young adults. Codeine medications are fairly easy to obtain through prescriptions and when abused are shown to be a gateway drug or a drug that leads to the abuse of more potent opiates. Painkiller detox from Codeine can be difficult to deal with alone.
Common Codeine withdrawal symptoms:
- Anxiety and irritability
- Sweating and increased heartrate
- Muscle aches and pains
- Runny nose and teary eyes
- Decrease in appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach cramping and diarrhea
- Chills and goosebumps
Darvocet is a less powerful opiate that is still sold on the street, although it is no longer prescribed in the United States. Like other opiates, Darvocet is an addictive medication used to treat mild to moderate pain in individuals. The availability of Darvocet on the street has decreased as other, easier to obtain drugs such as heroin have taken its place. Still, there are many individuals still struggling with Darvocet addiction that is seeking treatment for painkiller detox.
Common Darvocet withdrawal symptoms:
- Diarrhea and nausea
- Sweating and shaking
- Depression and anxiety
- Weight fluctuations
- Sleep disturbances
Demerol is an opioid painkiller that is prescribed to treat and control moderate to severe pain in patients, usually within a hospital setting. Branded and distributed as both a tablet and as an injectable liquid, Demerol has made its way to the street and is sold illegally. Demerol is very addictive and works quickly, causing a pleasant buzz and addicts use this drug as an escape.
Common Demerol withdrawal symptoms:
- Anxiety and restlessness
- Paranoia and hallucinations
- Agitation and insomnia
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased blood pressure
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle aches and pain
Dilaudid is a very powerful synthetic opioid that is prescribed to individuals needing severe pain control. Dilaudid is fast acting and long lasting which means that patients suffering from pain resulting from serious burns, skin grafts and other serious injuries get relief. Dilaudid users are at a much higher risk of overdose than they might be if using other common synthetic pain medications. The reason for this lies in the body’s ability to quickly build a tolerance to the drug, thus prompting users to increase their dosing to unsafe levels to experience the same results.
Common Dilaudid withdrawal symptoms:
- Bone and muscle pain
- Body cramps and sgitation
- Shaking and low blood pressure
- Anxiety and restlessness
- Tremors and sweating
- Intense drug cravings
Fentanyl is an extremely powerful opiate pain medication prescribed to address intense pain in individuals with degenerative diseases, cancers, and other illnesses. Fentanyl is distributed in several forms including transdermal patches, an injectable liquid, sublingual spray or tablet, and a lollypop lozenge. Fentanyl is closely regulated and controlled as it is one of the most potent opioid prescription medication available. Fentanyl dosing can be 50 to 100 times more powerful than drugs such as morphine or Codeine.
Common Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms:
- Chills and muscle aches
- Cramps, nausea and vomiting
- Joint pain and stomach pain
- Increased respirations
- Fever and sweating
- Depression and fatigue
Hydrocodone is one of the most prescribed opiate painkillers for the treatment of pain due to injury, illness or dental related treatment issues. Hydrocodone is often prescribed in small doses, but treatment for pain issues can be long-term, putting individuals at higher risk of dependency and hydrocodone addiction. Hydrocodone is most commonly distributed as a tablet and can quickly cause even legitimate users issues with abuse. Increased calmness, euphoria and relaxation are experienced by users, even in prescribed doses. These feel good side effects can cause patients to take higher doses than prescribed and lead to dangerous symptoms.
Common Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms:
- Fever, shaking and sweating
- Cold flashes, anxiety and insomnia
- Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- Muscle pain and joint pain