Prescription painkillers are opiate drugs and there are multiple ways to address the withdrawal symptoms that accompany opiate detoxification. Below are the 3 main types of detox methods from painkiller prescription medications:
Outpatient medicated painkiller detox utilizes cutting-edge drugs approved by the FDA for the treatment of opiate detox. Inpatient medicated painkiller detox may or may not use these meds. They may instead use other non-addictive medications for the treatment of withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting a chronic addiction to an opiate medication while providing you medical monitoring and holistic methods to help you more quickly shed yourself of the physical dependence upon prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet and others.
Outpatient Medicated Painkiller Detox
The drugs buprenorphine and methadone have both been approved by the FDA for the treatment of painkiller addiction. Both heavily regulated by the federal government, patients will need to follow a certain set of rules in order to get and keep their prescription for the drug that is best suited to their needs for the duration of their detox.
If you opt for an outpatient medicated painkiller detox, it is important that you augment the detox program with an addiction treatment program that addresses the psychological dependence on opiates that characterizes your addiction. Without it, it won’t be long until most patients relapse and ultimately need yet another medicated outpatient painkiller detox program.
Inpatient Medicated Painkiller Detox
An inpatient medicated painkiller detox may not take advantage of buprenorphine or methadone, but may instead help you through detox with non-addictive medications designed to address the specific symptoms you experience during withdrawal. For example, if you are vomiting excessively, you may be given a medication to combat severe nausea. If you are unable to sleep, you may be prescribed a non-addictive medication to help you get your rest during detox. Headaches, bone and muscle pain, sweating, shaking, muscle twitches – not all of these can be medicated, but there are also holistic measures you can take (e.g., saunas, hot tubs, hot packs, walks, lots of water, gentle exercises, rest, etc.) that can help you move through the discomfort associated with these symptoms more quickly and effectively.
Which Type of Painkiller Detox Is Right for You?
Which type of painkiller detox will work best for you? Depending upon your drug of choice, the dose you are at when you go through detox, and the symptoms of other psychological issues that may be a problem, a certain type of painkiller detox may be a better choice for you. Contact us today to discuss your options and get connected to a painkiller rehab that can help you start the healing process.