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Painkiller / Pain Pills Detox and Withdrawal

Non-medical use of painkillers is widespread. In fact, painkillers are some of the most commonly abused drugs. Since they are severely addictive, they can result in serious problem and even lead to death. There is hope, however. Over 1 million Americans receive treatment for drug addiction each year and start down the road to recovery. As indicated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, treatment admissions for misused or abused pain pills increased from 1 percent in 1996 to 4 percent in 2006.

You are not the only individual experiencing a problem with painkillers. Break free from painkillers with assistance from a painkiller / pain pills detox center near you. Call to start on the path toward a healthier lifestyle.

Did You Know?

The brains of approximately 5 to 10 percent of the population are primed for addiction. An individual’s genes account for 50 percent of susceptibility to addiction.

Why Do I Need to Detox?

Painkillers are commonly misused and abused. Pain pills consumed over an extended period of time can result in tolerance, causing individuals to take more than prescribed to achieve the same effect. Ingesting large amounts of painkillers may result in negative consequences, including long-term health complications, addiction and ultimately death. If you are taking more than the prescribed amount or abusing pain pills recreationally, you may need to seek treatment at a painkiller / pain pills detox center. Call now to locate one near you.

What Will Happen During Detox?

“After the rehab intake process is complete, the addict will enter the detox portion of care.”When admitted to a painkiller / pain pills withdrawal treatment facility, you will undergo an assessment process. During this process, you’ll need to answer questions about your painkiller use, including how long you’ve been taking pain pills, at what dosage levels and in what manner. Some addicts crush and snort pain pills in an effort so subvert their time-released effects. Other addicts may mix painkillers with other substances of abuse, like alcohol or cocaine. It’s important that a detox facility learns all this information during the intake process.

After the rehab intake process is complete, the addict will enter the detox portion of care. During this time, the painkillers will be slowly removed from the body via a natural detox process. Since painkillers are opiate drugs, oftentimes substitute medications are given to counteract the effects of the withdrawal process. These medications, like methadone or buprenorphine, make detox from painkillers or pain pills more tolerable.


Suddenly stopping your intake of pain pills may result in withdrawal reactions, particularly in cases of long-term use or high dosage levels. Possible withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Restlessness
  • Watering eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Muscle aches

In addition to maintenance medication, various prescription medications may be given during the detox process to alleviate the severity of withdrawal symptoms. These medications may include anti-nausea medication to counteract stomach upset, antidepressants to address feelings of sadness or depression during detox, and anti-anxiety medications to quell worry and irritability that may occur during withdrawal. Call to locate a painkiller / pain pills detox center near you.

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