When most people talk about drug abuse, they are thinking about illegal drug use. Things like fentanyl, cocaine and ecstasy are the first things that spring to mind.
However, there are many patients who have drug abuse problems and need addiction therapy who have never used any of those drugs. Instead, they have become addicted to prescription drugs, usually after being prescribed them to recover from an illness or accident.
Many of these patients get prescription painkillers and similar drugs from their own doctor or pharmacist. They might never have purchased drugs from any illegal sources. However, abusing prescription drugs can still have a profound effect on your body, mind, and life. So, if you or someone you love is addicted to prescription drugs, detox therapy may be their first step on the road to recovery.
When most people think about drug withdrawal, they also think of people who are addicted to non-prescription drugs. However, what many don't realize, is that many of the strong prescription painkillers and similar drugs on the market, have some of the same or similar ingredients in them. So, because they are chemically similar, they have similar effects. They are also similarly addictive.
This means that people who have been using prescription drugs for a long time, and have built up a tolerance to those drugs, may experience withdrawal symptoms that are similar to what you would expect from an illicit of drug user.
Even though many of these people live successful, outwardly ordinary lives, they are suffering from similar effects from the chemicals they are using. This is why when many prescription drug users try to stop using drugs on their own, they find that they cannot do it.
The approach to prescription drug detox therapy at Safe Haven Recovery Center California, Beverly Hills, 90210 is similar to what we take for any other kind of substance abuse treatment.
The first thing we will do with any patient that approaches us for medical detox from prescription drugs, is find out which kinds of drugs they are using, and how frequently. this will give us an idea of how much support they will require. We also take a full patient history, so that we are aware of any underlying mental or physical conditions that may affect treatment.
Although not all prescription drug detox therapy patients require medical addiction treatment, there are drugs available that our team can use to lessen withdrawal and other symptoms.
During prescription drug detox therapy, our medical detox team monitors each patient very carefully. Because there are physical and mental addiction issues, they will ensure that each patient remains healthy and safe during the process.
The length of time required for prescription drug detox depends largely on the patient, which kinds of drugs they use, how much they use, and how long they have been using them for.
Typically, however the medical detox process for prescription drugs will take up to a week. After this some lingering mental and emotional cravings may continue, but the worst of any physical symptoms will have passed.
Most people have no idea that they will become addicted to prescription drugs when they first start using them. Some even use them for many years before realizing they have a substance abuse problem. However long-term use of any narcotic substances will have negative effects.
If you have experienced any mental or physical changes, or you have noticed that your life seems to be spiraling out of control because of prescription drug use, it is time to make a change. Contact us at Safe Haven Recovery Center California, Beverly Hills, 90210, and let our team walk you through the detox process and develop a custom recovery plan.
You owe it to yourself, and to the people who love you to live a healthy, safe and addiction free life.
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