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Following a physically or emotionally traumatic time many people are prescribed with painkillers by their GP in order to provide much needed relief. However over time the user can become addicted to painkillers even long after the symptoms which gave rise to their use have vanished. The user has substituted one medical problem for another.

Prescription painkillers typically consist of opioids. Methadone and heroin are themselves classified as opioids. As patients increase their dosage of painkillers over time a tolerance to the drug is built up. More and more painkillers are required in order to experience the desired ‘high’.

Common painkiller addictions we treat

Common painkillers our past patients were addicted to include:

  • Demerol
  • Dilaudid
  • Codeine
  • Darvocet-darvon
  • Dilaudid
  • Fentanyl
  • Oxycodine
  • Hydrocodone
  • Methodone
  • Morphine

Our painkiller rehabilitation programme

When you choose to attend our rehabilitation centre you will do so on a residential or as it is also known ‘inpatient’ basis. Since you will physically ‘live in’ the rehabilitation centre for the duration of your stay you will be removed from bad influences which give rise to your addictive behaviour. Significantly you will not have assess to the drug you are addicted to.

This all but eliminates the chances of relapsing during the programme, meaning you are free to concentrate on getting clean.

What happens during detoxification?

The initial stages of painkiller rehabilitation will consist of 24-hour a day medically observed detoxification. Painkiller withdrawal will lead to both psychological and physical withdrawal symptoms. A variety of prescription drugs will be offered to ease the withdrawal symptoms you experience during detoxification. The amount of painkillers you take will be tapered down during detoxification. Substitution opioids such as Subutex may be offered which are proven to control cravings for the drug during detoxification. Methadone or Buprenorphine may be offered in extreme cases. Natural substances such as Vitamin B and calcium-magnesium will be offered.

Painkiller addiction withdrawal symptoms

Common painkiller withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Shakes
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Migraine
  • Confusion

Therapy for painkiller addiction

As soon as you stabilise you will be ready for therapy and counselling sessions to begin. During therapy sessions your will take part in group therapy and individual therapy sessions led by a trained psychologist or counsellor. During this time your rehabilitation programme will shift to dealing with the psychological element of your addiction. Powerful copying strategies will be taught so relapse is of a lesser risk once you leave our centre.

Upon leaving our centre formal relapse prevention plans will be drawn up. We maintain close relationships with Narcotics Anonymous and SMART Recovery groups throughout the United Kingdom and we will likely refer you to your local group with your consent once your rehabilitation programme concludes.

Contact Rehab 4 Addiction

If you are ready to enter residential treatment for your painkiller addiction then give Rehab 4 Addiction a call today. Painkiller addiction treatment could save your life and the cost of the treatment is usually miniscule in comparison to the cost associated with the continuation of addiction. Call today on 0800 140 4690 or complete the enquiry form.