Pain Pill Withdrawal Symptoms

Addicted to painkillers and thinking about going to rehab? Learn about pain pill withdrawal symptoms and what to expect from your treatment program.

We know that painkillers are widely available, both as prescription opioids and as over-the-counter (OTC) medications. But, not everyone is aware that both of these types of drugs have the particularity of causing pain pill withdrawal symptoms after using them for a significant period of time. Suffering from a painkiller addiction can be lethal. The dangers of suffering an accidental overdose, mixing it with other drugs and/or alcohol, not knowing about the possibility of interactions, etc. are enhanced when you abuse pain pills.

Pain pills, painkillers or pain relievers are used to treat and reduce aches and pains. They also have the tendency to provoke a generalized sense of numbness, combined with a mild euphoria. These symptoms are the ones that abusers seek when they take these drugs without a legit medical purpose. When someone has been abusing pain pills or has been struggling with a painkiller addiction and seeks treatment, they will have to go through detoxification in order to start recovering.

Detox will naturally bring pain pill withdrawal symptoms; these are the body's natural reactions to the absence of the drug. Painkiller withdrawal symptoms are many, and will vary depending on the length of time the person has been abusing the drugs, the type of pills taken, whether they have been combined with something else, and the overall health of the person.

Some of the most common pain pill withdrawal symptoms that patients can experience include:

  • Anxiety and restlessness
  • Changes in body temperature
  • High blood pressure
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Shallow breathing
  • Tremors
  • Muscle spasms
  • Headaches
  • Stomachaches
  • Mood swings
  • Aggressive and/or violent behavior

These painkiller withdrawal symptoms can change quickly, escalate, and at times even be accompanied by others such as hallucinations and episodes of paranoia. Once a person has gone through painkiller withdrawal and the detoxification process has been completed, he or she will be ready to start with the rehabilitation phase of their painkiller addiction treatment program.

A painkiller addiction treatment program will use a wide variety of methodologies to ensure that you recover. Rehab facilities use a personalized approach in order to tackle every single one of your needs and to address the emotional and psychological issues behind your addiction. Whether your case calls for the implementation of cognitive-behavioral therapy, family or couple's therapy, goal-oriented therapy, support groups or a 12-steps program, the professionals at these rehab centers will make sure that all aspects of your addiction are handled.

Furthermore, these traditional therapeutic methodologies will often be supplemented by other holistic activities that serve to prevent relapse. Whether you chose equine therapy, yoga and meditation, nutritional therapy, acupuncture or music therapy - among others - as part of your supplemental program, you will adopt these healthy activities as part of a new routine that is solely focused on your well-being.

Another key factor of rehab treatment programs, is that they help you develop your continuous care plan. This aftercare scheme is a set of tools, resources, habits, close family members and counselors that you use to seek support and reassurance whenever you struggle with doubt or temptation.

The aftercare plan is aimed at helping you find the safe space necessary to refocus and regain the control necessary to avoid relapsing; it helps you maintain your sobriety by leaning on the experts you've met and on the tools you've learned during rehab. If you are trying to find a facility that can help your loved one in recovering, we can help. Call us right now at (877) 804-1531 to find the treatment center that best matches your needs.



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