Painkiller Addiction Treatment
Here at Sprout Health California we pride ourselves on giving the best individualized treatment and facility has to offer because we understand how intense an opiate withdrawal can be.
Millions of patients suffering from mild to severe ailments are prescribed painkillers by their primary physicians every year. A very large number of those patients ultimately become hooked on the painkillers because they are extremely addictive. Painkillers are opiates. When opiates are taken over long periods of time they completely change the chemistry of the consumer’s brain. The patient then becomes dependent on the drug in order to feel normal. Once they become dependent on the drug it quickly becomes a slippery slope that leads to a full blown addiction.
Unfortunately, once the individual realizes they have become addicted to the substance they normally are not able to quit based solely on will power. It is greatly recommended that an opiate addict reaches out to a certified addiction treatment facility to get the proper therapy when going through an opiate rehabilitation. The treatment center will provide the guidance a recovering addict will need and make sure that they are both mentally and physically taken care of throughout the entire program.
What Triggers a Painkiller Addiction?
The habitual consumption of opiates of a long period of time completely rearranges the way the brain’s pain receptors process pain. When a patient is first prescribed pain killers the body registers the opiate as a foreign chemical that was newly introduced to the brain. Over time and habitual consumption the brain will begin to think that the addition of the opiate drug is the new chemical ‘norm’, even though the body is actually receiving an excessive amount of ‘feel good chemicals’. Once the patient stops taking the pain killer their brain registers the lack of opiates as pain. The patient, in response to this pain, will continue taking the drug in order to escape the consequences of sobriety. These events spiral ultimately into an addiction.
How Does an Individual Detox From the Drug?
Symptoms an addict will experience when the cease taking the painkiller include:
Insatiable Craving For More Opiates
Depending on the severity of the addiction, these symptoms can last weeks after the drug has been entirely detoxed from the patient’s body.
What is the Withdrawal Like?
The withdrawal from an opiate is very strenuous and sometimes even life threatening. It is strongly advised that when an opiate addict does make the decision to withdraw off of the drug that they receive medical attention throughout the process. If the withdrawal shows to be too intense, the treatment facility will administer medications that are appropriate to manage the uncomfortable symptoms. It is not uncommon for a treatment facility to administer pain killers during the withdrawal process because it is extremely dangerous to quit an opiate addiction cold turkey. The patient will be closely monitored by the highly certified staff the entire time.
What is Sprout Health California’s Treatment Program?
Here at Sprout Health California we pride ourselves on giving the best individualized treatment and facility has to offer because we understand how intense an opiate withdrawal can be. Every member of our staff is highly experienced and high trained when it comes to undertaking treatments and helping patients successfully combat their addictions. Our staff will sit down with each patient and discuss how to carry out their entirely individualized treatment plan in an effective long-lasting healthy manner.
The largest component of recovering from an addiction and remaining sober is ensuring that the patient truly wants to recover. It is imperative that the individual can genuinely admit that they suffer from an addiction and want to receive treatment so that they can better themselves. The enthusiasm towards recovery is essential when a patient undergoes addiction treatment.
The second largest component of recovering from and addiction and remaining sober is ensuring that the patient has a support group. A support group is made up of any loved one that will be there for the patient to confide their thoughts and emotions to. They will be the biggest prevention method when the addict feels that they will relapse. The support group will also keep the individual accountable for their actions.
The third largest component of recovering from an addiction and remaining sober is making sure the patient and their support group is educated on pain killer addictions. Once the patient and their respective loved ones are full made aware of the implications that come with an addiction they will be able to better guide each other into a healthy recovery. Sprout Health California makes it their personal mission to educate them on what leads to an addiction, how to curb the relapse cravings, what causes the cravings, and how to manage a healthy lifestyle. When a recovering addict is equipped with the motivation to succeed, a strong support group, and the proper education on what the addiction entitles they will truly be ready to change for the better and live a normal life once again.