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Opiate Prescription Drug Withdrawal FAQ

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One of the most commonly prescribed classes of prescription drugs are opiates, opioid-based painkillers that have a high risk of dependency and addiction and can result in a lethal overdose. These drugs are frequently prescribed for chronic pain management or acute pain relief. With regular use, a tolerance for the drug can quickly develop, leaving you to deal with a full blown prescription drug addiction complete with withdrawal symptoms and cravings. If you find yourself dealing with an opiate prescription drug addiction withdrawal, the best thing to do is get treatment at a drug rehab center.

What is a Prescription Drug Withdrawal?

Prescription drugs that contain an opioid do an excellent job of blocking your perception of pain. Along with pain relief, opiates will affect the nerve cells in the brain that perceive pleasure. Over time, your brain comes to depend on the chemicals in your prescription and stops making the natural chemicals that fight pain and make you happy. When you abruptly stop using the drug, you stop providing the catalyst for the chemical effects it triggers. In response, your body begins to detox and you experience what is known as prescription drug withdrawal or withdrawal symptoms.

What are the Symptoms of a Prescription Drug Withdrawal?

Opioid-based prescription drugs, depending upon their chemical makeup, all leave you with more or less the same withdrawal symptoms, though intensity will vary depending upon a number of factors. The most commonly experienced withdrawal symptoms include:

• Overall restlessness
• Vomiting
• Cold flashes accompanied by goose bumps

• Uncontrolled leg movements
• Insomnia
• Diarrhea
• Acute muscle and bone pain

Many people encounter all of these symptoms while others experience just a few of them. The speed of onset and the intensity of these symptoms, too, will vary among users.

Can I Just Go Through Prescription Drug Withdrawal at Home?

It is not recommended that you attempt to go through a prescription drug withdrawal and detox alone because the symptoms can be so overwhelming. If you have co-occurring medical disorders, even ones you don’t know about, they can cause complications during detox. It is recommended that you undergo a prescription drug detox at a certified drug detox and rehab center where you will have round-the-clock medical supervision and support. This is the only way you can ensure your physical safety and get the support you need from peers and counselors for the psychological issues and cravings that may develop.

What are the Treatment Options for Prescription Drug Withdrawal?

A quick online search will reveal a number of treatment options available to those who are experiencing prescription drug withdrawal, ranging from home remedies to high-end luxury inpatient facilities. Research shows that the best treatment for any drug addiction including prescription drug addiction is an inpatient residential drug rehab that provides medical detox and psychological addiction treatment services. The longer you stay involved in treatment and the more time you spending building a strong start in your recovery, the more successful will be your recovery.

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