Following a traumatic time, many of those who are prescribed painkillers which are prescribed by their GP to provide some much-needed pain relief. However, over time the user can be more and more addicted to the substance, forming a dangerous habit – even long after the painful symptoms you are suffering with have disappeared. The addict has simply exchanged one health condition for another.
Prescription painkillers are largely opioids. Another kind of opioid is methadone and heroin. While you may believe you are taking a harmless light substance, however, what you are consuming is only slightly chemically different from such notorious drugs.
Common painkillers that can be habit-forming/addictive
What we do on our painkiller rehabilitation programme.
When choosing a rehab programme, you will likely be referred to residential rehab, or as it is known, referred on an inpatient basis. This will give you a place to stay during the rehab stay. This will take you away from all the negative influences that support your drug addiction, and allow you a fresh slate free of distractions in which to unlearn your addictive ways.
It’s also noted that you will not have access to the substance of which you are addicted to. this all but eliminate any possibility of relapse during the rehabilitation process.
What happens during detox?
This is an initial set time period where you will be observed during detoxification by medical professionals. This is observed to mitigate the chances of serious health consequences as a result of withdrawal symptoms, the initial period is most important. You may be offered some pharmaceuticals to ease this transition, but this will be responsibly administered and supervised by medical professionals with a mind that you are prone to addictive tendencies. As such this will be slowly tapered off methodically.
Common symptoms that you might get with painkiller withdrawal includes
As soon as you stabilise, you’ll be ready for therapy and counselling sessions. This will serve to unlock the psychological element to your addiction, which is quite often caused by trauma. This leads to negative thinking patterns that can be broken and challenged. You will also be taught some effective coping mechanisms and strategies which will work to keep you on the sober path. It’s the responsibility of the rehabilitation centres to give you the best chance possible, however, it is your own responsibility to ensure that you have the discipline to resist the urge to relapse back into habitual drug use. For this reason, rehabs offer aftercare, which means that you will be able to build a support system for times of crisis and when you are struggling with urges and cravings. As such, you will have the means to move forward with a positive outlook into a future, for clarity and sobriety – in charge of your own choice,s master of your own destiny.