Opiate & Painkiller Dependency
More often than not, painkiller addiction is accidental and many individuals who are involved in accidents or sustain bodily injuries will be prescribed highly addictive pain medications by a doctor without realizing that prolonged use can lead to opiate addiction.
The most common pain medications prescribed are:
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco, Lortab)
- Oxycodone (OxyContin)
- Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
- Oxymorphone (Opana)
Signs & Symptoms of Opiate Dependency
Signs you have a dependec
Long term use of opiate painkillers creates physical dependency, and when you stop taking your medication, you will likely experience incredibly uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.
Symptoms of opiate withdrawal include:
- Fever and flu-like symptoms
- Stomach cramps
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Agitation and anxiety
- Body tremors
- Chronic depression
Treating Opiate & Painkiller Dependency
Compassion is key when addressing the symptoms that accompany the whitdrawal from opiate painkillers. This process is not pleasant, and it is very important that our patients feel relaxed and secure during their stay at our program.
Medication assisted treatment, including phased use of Suboxone® (buprenorphine) occurs under medical supervision, alleviating the majority of the pain & discomfort associated with opiate withdrawal. Our medical protocol has the highest success rate when paired with a treatment plan that includes education, counseling, and relapse prevention.
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