Prescription Pill Detox

Prescription Pill Detox at Banyan Palm Springs

If you have become addicted to a prescription medication, you are not alone. Although these medications are prescribed by a doctor, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are always safe. One of the side effects for some of these medications is risk of addiction, so misuse of them could easily lead to dependence.

In particular, prescription painkillers are very addictive, and about 21-29% of patients prescribed these drugs for chronic pain will misuse them.1 Misuse may lead to abuse and addiction if the user is not careful. Because of these high numbers, these medications are a large contributing factor to the current opioid epidemic in the United States. Unfortunately, many people do not stop at prescription opioids. As many as 86% of IV drug users abused opioid pain relivers before transitioning to heroin.2 Because it is a stronger opioid and also illegal, heroin abuse and addiction may lead to more serious problems, so it is better to go to a prescription pill detox center before a heroin detox becomes necessary.

What to Expect with a Prescription Pill Detox

Prescription medications are used to treat a variety of ailments, so their chemical makeups will differ. Because of these differences, withdrawal from these medications can also vary extensively. Prescription painkillers will have anti-anxiety sedatives.

Along with the specific medication, the detox process can also be affected by the severity of the user’s addiction as well as the user’s general state of health. Regardless of these factors, when someone becomes addicted to a medication, withdrawal symptoms of some sort are almost inevitable.

Withdrawal symptoms during a prescription pill detox may include:

  • Tremors
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Muscle aches
  • Involuntary muscle spasms
  • Sleep problems
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Depression
  • Intense drug cravings

In some cases, the withdrawal symptoms could escalate and lead to other health complications. Because of this risk, it is better to go to a prescription pill detox center rather than trying to detox from pain pills or other medications at home.

Our Detox Center for Prescription Medications

Our medical detox center in Palm Springs provides patients with a safe and comfortable environment to detox from prescription drugs. Patients can rest assured that their prescription pill detox will be accompanied with 24-hour care and support. Our trained staff will help patients deal with both the physical and mental withdrawal symptoms that accompany the detox process. This extensive support not only makes the process easier but also decreases the chances of an early relapse. Because the health and safety of our patients is our highest priority, our staff is also equipped to handle any medical emergencies that could arise during the detox process.

A detox from painkillers or other prescription medications is only the first step on the long road to recovery, but at Banyan Palm Springs, we want to be here for you and your loved ones. Most of our patients will transition to our residential treatment program following detox to get a better hold on their sobriety and start preparing for the transition back to their everyday life.

Sources:
  1. NIH - Opioid Overdose Crisis
  2. NIH - Prescription Opioids and Heroin

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