Issues of Withdrawal

Some prescription drugs can be addictive. While these drugs are prescribed for any number of reasons, the most common reason is to ease pain or anxiety. In general, the most common opioid-based prescription drugs include OxyContin, Percocet or Percodan, Vicodin, hydrocodone or oxycodone, Lortab, and codeine.

While these prescription drugs can help relieve pain, these drugs may also dull all of the user’s senses. This makes it difficult to concentrate on the most basic tasks. When this happens, the next step is to stop taking the prescription drug. Unfortunately, after only short-term use, those who use these drugs often find themselves physically and psychologically addicted. They are unable to stop without experiencing debilitating withdrawal symptoms that require medical treatment.In the United States, more people now die from opioid painkiller overdoses than from heroin and cocaine combined.[1] This is a serious matter. If you are abusing painkillers,now is the time to get the help you need.

The Canyon doesn’t believe that you have to choose between an unbearable prescription drug detox and an ongoing drug addiction.

Instead, you can decide to start drug addiction treatment that allows you to break free from prescription drug addiction. Treatment even helps minimize withdrawal symptoms.

Prescription drug addiction withdrawal symptoms occur when those who take a prescription painkiller for a period of time and then suddenly stop. The severity of withdrawal varies from person to person. It primarily depends upon the prescription drug of addiction as well as the dose and the length of time that addiction has been present.

In general, withdrawal symptoms start within a few hours of the last missed dose. Then the symptoms worsen over the next few days and then plateau where they will remain for weeks. Some common withdrawal symptoms may include profuse sweating, headaches, nausea and vomiting, insomnia and fatigue, bone pain and muscle aches and more.[2] The good news is these withdrawal symptoms are treatable with medical detox and treatment.

Prescription Drug Treatment

There are a variety of choices in prescription drug addiction treatment and recovery.However, only the programs that are designed to treat the specifics of opiate addiction will be effective with prescription drugs like OxyContin, hydrocodone, codeine and Vicodin.

Normally, drug treatment starts with a medical prescription drug detox to ease withdrawal symptoms. Whether you choose an inpatient or outpatient prescription drug treatment, you may be eligible for Suboxone treatment or methadone maintenance. In other cases, medically monitored “cold turkey” detox is used. During this treatment, medication is administered to ease any withdrawal symptoms as they arise.

Do You Need Drug Treatment?

taking prescription pillsDo you experience withdrawal symptoms when you miss a dose of your prescription drug or forget to refill your prescription? Do you have to increase your dose every few months in order to experience the same effects? In other words, does your body seem to require a certain amount of your prescription drug and the amount is increasing? If so, you are addicted.Drug addiction requires more than just quitting “cold turkey.” Treatment requires a thorough prescription drug addiction detox and treatment supervised by medical personnel qualified to handle the unique issues you will face.

Treatment at The Canyon

At The Canyon, we can provide you with a medical prescription drug detox. Both inpatient or outpatient prescription drug treatment are available to guide you through prescription drug withdrawal. You can get clean and live a new, healthy life without drug abuse. If you have questions about our prescription drug treatment for withdrawal symptoms, contact us at The Canyon today.


[1]https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/media-guide/most-commonly-used-addictive-drugsMost Commonly Used Addictive Drugs.

[2]http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/drug-addiction/basics/symptoms/con-20020970 Drug Addiction Symptoms.

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