Prescription Drug Detox San Diego
The certified, licensed therapists at APEX are highly trained in all detox therapies, including prescription drug detox. If you’re currently dependent upon medications such as Vicodin, Oxycontin and Oxycodone, you’re not alone. Even prescription drugs can cause widespread addiction, and oftentimes patients need a medically supervised detoxification program to overcome their dependence on these controlled substances. Our detox programs are individually designed for each patient, and our caring, attentive staff work with patients to ensure a safe, comfortable environment for detox.
Prescription drugs that people develop an addiction to are painkillers called opioids. They are narcotic pain medication that is prescribed for moderate to strong pain. They bind to opioid receptors and intercept the messages of pain the body is sending to these receptors and consequently, the patient feels minimal or no pain.
Prescription drug addiction is a chronic medical condition, induced by prolonged use of opioids. These drugs cause changes in the brain, especially in individuals who have a predisposition for addiction.
People addicted to prescription drugs usually toy with the idea of quitting every day – every time they delay taking the drug. However, giving up prescription drugs is very difficult and addicts are generally put off by the overwhelming feelings of discomfort that start immediately. The longer and the more serious the abuse, the more changes happen in the whole body, making the withdrawal effects that much more intense.
The detox is best conducted with medical supervision because the body may react unpredictably and abruptly. Without professional support, the unease may become so unbearable for the patient that they relapse in the middle of the detox attempt.
As with every withdrawal, symptoms will depend on a variety of factors. That is another reason why the presence of a supervising physician is crucial – because only a qualified healthcare professional will know how to handle the symptoms to ease the discomfort and control the process in accordance with the patient’s unique case.
The range of symptoms includes: drug craving, aching body, abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea, vomiting, yawning, dilated pupils, goosebumps, agitation, and severe irritability. The time period for the symptoms to fade is highly individual, they can take hours, days or weeks. This depends on the type and severity of the patient’s addiction. It often happens that addicts mix prescription drugs with alcohol and/or other drugs, which complicates the situation.
Prescription Drug Detox Program