While painkillers can be used for short period to provide pain relief to patients, they can also become addictive. Painkillers are prescription medications that when used under the supervision of a doctor is rarely addictive. It’s when an extensive or recreational use of painkillers occur that make the medications addictive. When patients become addicted to painkillers, they will need a rehabilitation program to help them become clean and sober again. Painkiller rehab programs can positively impact and help stop painkiller abuse.
Knowing When You’re Addicted to Painkillers
Unlike over-the-counter painkillers, prescription painkillers are opioids and can cause physical and psychological dependency on a user. When a person is physically dependent upon something, their tolerance for that medication or drug is increasing, causing the person to want to increase their dosage to achieve the same effect. Over time, the individual’s body becomes used to the high levels of painkillers and becomes dependent upon those levels. If you or a loved one find that you are increasing your dosage by taking more painkillers, you may be on the road to physical dependency.
Painkiller Rehab Options
There are a couple of options when it comes to painkiller rehab: inpatient and outpatient. The majority of painkiller rehabilitation centers will be inpatient facilities. This allows the individual to have constant medical supervision during their recovery process. On the other hand, outpatient facilities offer the medication needed to get off of painkillers. However, there is no way to prevent access to the drugs.
Painkiller rehab centers have programs that are private and confidential. Rehab, in general, requires the person to be honest about their drug use for their recovery to go smoothly. Additionally, the time it takes to complete one’s treatment program can vary based on many factors. Some programs limit their patients’ stay to 30 days, while others allow patients to remain in the program for up to 90 days or however long it takes for the patient to feel confident going back into society.
The Treatment Process
Rehabilitation treatments can vary from program to program and depends on the severity of the person’s addiction, the presence of additional conditions, and the individual’s reaction to the treatment itself. Rehabilitation treatment programs will have the following:
- An assessment will be taken where the person is given a medical exam and is asked for their drug history.
- The patient then goes through detoxification and will be slowly taken off painkillers.
- Once detox is complete, the patient will begin their treatment program, which can consist of group and individual counseling, communication skills, life skills, and more. A good rehabilitation center offers tailor-made treatment programs as not one treatment program will work for every person. Once the treatment plan is complete, the patient can graduate from the program.
Rehabilitation from Painkillers at Serenity
Addiction is scary and challenging no matter what substance it is. We have acknowledged the fact that addiction is a real problem and we have made it our duty to help stop addiction in any way we can. We know the challenges that can be associated with addiction, but we also have the tools to help our patients become clean, sober and confident with their life again.
Our founders at Serenity Point Rehabilitation have spent years researching addiction, detoxification, and rehabilitation to put together a rehab program that works for different types of addictions. Our treatment programs are effective and were created with our patients in mind. If you or a loved one are struggling with a painkiller addiction, our rehab facility can help. Call our toll-free number today to speak with one of our advisors to learn more about painkiller rehab.