When you’ve decided that it’s finally time to put an end to your addiction and take back your life, you may be left with a lot of questions. No doubt you’ve heard about the uncomfortable experience associated with withdrawal. You may have even heard that there is sometimes pain involved. If your drug of choice happens to be pain medication, you may be confused as to just how a doctor can help you with those symptoms when the drug itself is what you’re addicted to in the first place.
However, there are quite a few methods that your doctor has to ensure that your withdrawal and detox process is as comfortable as it possibly can be on your road to recovery. This article will touch on some of the basic withdrawal symptoms that you may encounter during your detox, how inpatient recovery centers deal with those symptoms, as well as what you may expect during your recovery for addiction to pain medication.
Like any recovery program, the first thing you have to do in order to start yourself fresh is to release all of the toxins that exist in your body. Pain medication comes with its own plethora of side-effects and damages it does to your body. As a result, you require a period of detox just like anyone else suffering from drugs. The symptoms often associated with pain medication withdrawal are as follows.
* Rapid Breathing
* Runny Nose
* Nasal Stiffness
* Muscle Aches
* Abdominal Cramping
* Enlarged Pupils
* Loss Of Appetite
You may not experience all of these. Depending on the severity of the addiction, you may only notice one or two of these symptoms, and even then, it may not be so severe. None of these symptoms are life-threatening, though they may feel like that they are if you have been addicted long enough. Regardless of the length of addiction, you’ll likely feel as though you are in a lot of pain.
What can your doctor do, however, to treat you for pain when you’re addicted to pain medication?
The Pain-Relief Method
For those who are suffering from pain during their withdrawal, you may feel as though you’re going to have just grin and bear it. Most doctors are recovery centers don’t want you to suffer any more than you have to, however, and have a few treatment options to assist you during your detox and withdrawal. The primary method is to offer a medication that is non-addictive. Something like buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone may be offered as a substitute. These are non-addictive pain medication that is designed to help a person through their withdrawal symptoms.
With careful monitoring by the doctor and other professionals, you can be eased through the detox portion of your recovery path with as little suffering as can be managed. Obviously, you’re likely going to experience some form of discomfort since you’re essentially at war with your brain and body. For one, your brain is constantly searching for its next fix in order to receive the pleasurable sensation that it associates with the drug. However, your body–as well as your brain–is paying the price for the use of the drug.
To make sure that you’re safe and comfortable throughout your detox, doctors will supervise you constantly until the withdrawal has passed, and you are feeling more like yourself. With, perhaps, the hardest step over, you can then benefit from the rest of the treatment options that an inpatient recovery center offers.
The Rest Of The Treatment
Once the detox is over and the pain medication has left your body, you’ll be assigned to a certain therapist and likely other therapeutic activities that are designed to help promote healthy habits. Therapists can work with you to unravel the reasoning behind your addiction. For some, it may be as simple as receiving an injury that required you to take a pain medication that had addictive qualities to it. Something as simple as having been given a drug by your doctor can ultimately change your life.
In this case, the therapist can likely work to make sure you stay away from opiates when you return to daily life. They can help you find natural or non-addictive means to easing any pain that you endure.
For those who turned to opiates to deal with emotional or psychological stressors in life, the therapist can then help you to break those down. By understanding the situations and people who trigger you to take drugs, you can learn coping mechanisms and avoidance techniques, so you no longer feel pressured to use the drug as an escape.
Essentially, while the doctor can assist you with the pain you feel during your detox, the therapist can help you with the pain you feel emotionally that leads you to take the pain medication in the first place. With their emotional support, you can be equipped with the knowledge and techniques that ensure you maintain a sober lifestyle even when faced with those stressors and pressures.
An inpatient program will also likely want to set you up with group therapy treatments. In this way, you can find fellow peers who suffer from pain medication. You can forge a strong supportive network that relies on each other to help them through periods where they might not be able to readily access a therapist or doctor. By creating this strong network and having those around you who understand what it’s like to be addicted to pain medication, you can create a strong supportive foundation that can go with you once you leave the rehab center.
It may seem like you’re stuck if you’re addicted to pain medication and are worried about the symptoms of pain during a detox. You’re not. We can help you detox safely and comfortably at our recovery center. Give us a call, and we can assist you in building a strong and supportive foundation for sobriety. Call 877-927-9048