Prescription medications benefit countless individuals. Whether a person is suffering from significant pain, is experiencing distressing symptoms of anxiety, or is battling other types of troublesome conditions, the use of prescription medications can help her achieve a better quality of life. Unfortunately, many prescription drugs also carry a high potential for abuse. Prescription medications such as opioid-based painkillers (OxyContin, Vicodin, morphine) or benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin) have the ability to produce pleasurable effects in addition to alleviating the distress that they were created to eliminate. As such, many individuals begin to crave the pleasant effects that such drugs elicit, which can rapidly cause them to develop an addiction.
When a prescription drug is continuously consumed, it is likely that a person will develop a tolerance to the effects that the medication elicits. When this happens, the individual must then consume more of the substance, or consume it more frequently, in order to keep experiencing the same effects. The longer that this progression in use continues, the more likely it is that the person will then become physically dependent on that particular prescription medication in order to continue functioning.
The development of this chemical dependence means that if the individual then attempts to stop using the drug, she will likely experience a period of withdrawal as her body readjusts to functioning without the medication.
What Happens During Prescription Drug Withdrawal
The symptoms that can arise during a prescription drug withdrawal period have the potential to be very distressing and, at times, even dangerous. The specific types of symptoms that will affect a person during this withdrawal period will vary depending on a number of factors, including the particular drug that a person has been consuming.
Possible symptoms that can impact an individual who is attempting to end her use of prescription medications can include the following:
- Elevated levels of anxiety
- Hypersomnia or insomnia
- Appetite changes
- Muscle aches and pains
- Abdominal cramping
- Confusion and/or disorientation
- Profuse sweating
- Intense cravings
Detoxification at Timberline Knolls
When a person experiences the onset of withdrawal symptoms, the distress that arises can be enough to force her to resume her use of prescription medications. In order to prevent this return into the devastating cycle of drug abuse and addiction, individuals have the ability to participate in detoxification services
Detoxification, or detox, is a process in which substances of abuse are physiologically removed from a person’s system. When an individual arrives at Timberline Knolls for treatment, she will take part in a comprehensive assessment that will help determine whether or not detox services are a necessary way to begin her recovery process. If it is deemed appropriate to her care, the individual will then begin the detoxification process under the watchful eye of experienced mental health, medical, and addictions professionals.
Under this close supervision, women and girls who are battling an addiction to prescription painkillers can receive support, encouragement, and appropriate medical interventions as any and all substances are removed from their systems. Once the detox process has come to an end, these individuals can then seamlessly transition into our highly reputable residential treatment program.
Long-Term Benefits of Detoxification for Prescription Drug Addiction
The benefits to receiving detox services cannot be overstated. Examples of such benefits can include the following:
- The health and safety of an individual is preserved throughout the detox process.
- Ongoing mental and emotional support is provided by qualified professionals who can assist individuals in remaining encouraged as they work towards sobriety.
- The detriments that could potentially arise should the abuse of prescription medications continue can be eradicated.
- The possibility of overdosing is eliminated.
- Relapse is prevented as individuals do not have access to their drugs of choice while in the treatment setting.
- The unpleasant symptoms of prescription drug withdrawal can be minimized or eliminated altogether.
Furthermore, by the time an individual has completed detoxification services, she will have obtained the clarity of mind necessary for participating in the therapeutic aspects of residential treatment, which ultimately sets the stage for lasting sobriety.
At Timberline Knolls, we recognize the bravery that is required for a person to make the decision to engage in detoxification services. For this reason, we strive to provide each woman or girl in our care with the individualized treatment necessary for successfully achieving recovery. If you or an important person in your life is suffering from an addiction to any type of prescription medication, please do not hesitate to reach out to us now.