Prescription painkillers are the leading cause of drug abuse in the U.S. What starts out as a prescription to control pain after an injury or a surgical procedure, ends up an addiction. This is because the individual never stops taking the drug even after the reason is no longer valid. Painkiller abuse can quickly spin out of control. And before too long, it can develop into an addiction that makes quitting prescription painkillers difficult.
Withdrawal: What You Might Expect
For many individuals, quitting prescription painkillers can be difficult and excruciating. Quite often, they try to tolerate and address the withdrawal symptoms on their own. But they eventually give in and return to their drug use just to get relief. To many, it is simply easier to take the drugs than to suffer through withdrawal. Continued drug use can create a tolerance in your body. As a result of that tolerance, when you stop taking the medication, you body begins to experience certain withdrawal symptoms which may include:
- Uncontrollable muscle contractions
- Abdominal cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Hot /cold sweats
- Irritability, agitation and anxiety
Taper Under Doctor Supervision
Before you begin a tapering method to stop your painkiller abuse, you should consult with your doctor. It is important that you understand exactly what medication you are taking. To do this, keep track of how long you have been taking it and know the strength of the medication. Quitting prescription painkillers cold turkey can result in the onset of severe and even life threatening withdrawal symptoms. On the other hand, tapering off medication is a slow process in which the physician will decrease the strength of the medication and dose amount, like descending stairs, until you are ready to stop taking it. Your doctor will tell you when the threat of withdrawal is no longer an issue and it is safe for you to quit.
Quitting Prescription Painkillers with Gallus Detox Centers
While some physicians suggest that tapering off certain prescription painkillers is safe, more doctors recommend that if you want to stop your drug abuse or addiction, medical detox is the best method. For a large percentage of individuals with prescription drug abuse, medical detox is the last hope to overcoming their addiction. If tapering down the amount you have been taking has not worked, then medical detox may be the best solution for you. IV therapy medical detox is the one of the best methods to detox effectively. Intravenous based therapy allows the medication to be increased or decreased to meet the withdrawal symptoms, which may keep you comfortable throughout the process. If you or someone you know are struggling with a prescription painkiller 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 painkillers 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.