Detoxing from Painkillers
Getting off of painkillers is a major step to having a sober life, but this important first step can be difficult. Like all detox, it is a process. Here is some info to help you prepare for withdrawal and hopefully help you end your painkiller addiction.
The initial Signs of Withdrawal
Your body begins adjusting to the absence of the drugs in your system, and this can be quite uncomfortable. Some of the most common symptoms include:
● Muscle and joint aches
Secondary withdrawal symptoms
As you get further along into withdrawal, symptoms could increase. Examples of late-onset painkiller withdrawal can include:
● Abdominal cramping
● Dilated pupils
● Shaking and tremors
● Increased respirations
It is very important to keep in mind that you will likely crave painkillers during the withdrawal process and may consider seeking them out. Your body may feel as though you need them to stop the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal.
Have a support network for help
While going through withdrawal, it is important to have friends and family available to support you when you experience withdrawal symptoms. It is very important to understand even though you may feel sick and very uncomfortable, these withdrawal symptoms will not put you in medical danger. Friends and family can stay with you and and provide comfort, and they can help you keep up your strength with proper food and drink. While there is a lot your support group can do to help you through this process, you may be much better off seeking substance abuse treatment.
No matter how strong you feel you are, and think you can get through this all on your own, there is nothing wrong with getting professional help. Professional help will bring better results and help you stay off painkillers. To make withdrawal more comfortable, we recommend you consider our painkiller detox. Our detox program is designed to help you manage withdrawal symptoms and make it less painful and uncomfortable to recover. Professional providers use Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to ease the transition off of opioids. The use of MAT medications help prevent relapsing by reducing cravings and lessening the severity of symptoms. There are a number of other alternatives and medications that can make withdrawal easier.
Once you have completed detox, continued professional help will make the next step in your journey to recovery much easier. Although opioids may now be out of your system, it is still crucial to seek out an experienced, licensed professional who can address the addiction and help you re-learn to live in recovery. Attending the right treatment program will help you understand your addiction, learn skills for overcoming addictive behaviors, and give you strategies on how you can continue to recover.
Nobody should go through recovery alone. The experienced professionals at GenPsych are here to help you get off Painkillers permanently.