If you are struggling with prescription painkiller abuse because of pain that is constant regardless of the amount of pain medication you keep taking, you may need help with the drug abuse and pain management. You may have considered going to a clinic that specializes in pain management, but want to know how is detox different from a pain management clinic?
Prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin, Percocet, and Vicodin are opiates and they are highly addictive when taken for prolong periods of time. Opiates affect the central nervous system by blocking the opioid receptors, which is the part of the brain that blocks pain and allows a euphoric feeling instead
The Dangers of Prescription Drug Addiction
In most cases, individuals that suffer with chronic pain are more likely to self medicate by increasing their dose. Often times they may add other medications or add alcohol to dull the pain. Using opiates and alcohol is dangerous and can result in coma or death. Increasing opiate dose will lead to a tolerance building with will require more and more of the drug to achieve pain relief. This is especially dangerous because many individuals accidentally overdose from taking too much prescription pain medication.
Opiate addiction requires professional detox. Individuals who are addicted to prescription pain killers should not try to detox at home because the withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous. Medical detox is the most recommended method for detoxing from opiate addiction. IV therapy medical detox is seen as the safest and most effective method for detox.
Detox from Prescription Drugs
IV therapy medical detox is administered by a board certified and licensed physician with experience in critical care. Intravenous therapy is especially important because it allows the physician to make any necessary changes to the medication protocol as the withdrawal symptoms change which keeps the patient comfortable and able to complete the detox. Studies prove that patients who complete detox are more likely to be successful in sobriety than individuals who cannot successfully complete detox.
Once you have successfully completed detoxification from opiates, you will need to find a method to manage your pain that does not include returning to opiates. The reason most people will not seek the services of a pain management clinic is because they are afraid that they will lose their pain medication and be left to suffer with the pain.
How Pain Management Clinics Work
Most pain management clinics detox their patients by slowly tapering off the prescription pain killers and at the same time trying other options to manage the patient’s chronic pain. In other cases, pain management clinics may use medical detox in which they substitute other drugs such as methadone, suboxone and subutex as replacement drugs until the prescription pain medication is out of the patient’s system. Pain management clinics may use holistic approaches to pain management such as acupuncture, meditation, vitamin therapy and yoga, to name a few.
If you or someone you know are struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in IV therapy medical detox, a safer and more effective method for detox from substance abuse and will provide you with a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our treatment program is right for you.