With the ability to alleviate pain, treat other medical concerns, and ease the symptoms of mental health conditions, prescription medications are extremely beneficial for countless individuals all over the world. When consumed under the care of a trained medical professional, prescription drugs can dramatically improve upon one’s quality of life when other forms of interventions are not as effective. However, despite the many benefits linked to taking prescription medications, many of them bring on harm and devastation to one’s life if they are not consumed as recommended by a physician.
Since many prescription medications bring on pleasing effects when they are not taken as intended, many individuals are attracted to using them in an effort to obtain a mind- and/or mood-altering high. The longer that a prescription medication is consumed, especially when taken recreationally, the more likely an individual is to develop an addiction to his or her drug of choice. When this occurs, it can be very challenging to end the use of the substance without professional care.
Residential prescription drug treatment, starting with detoxification (or detox), is an extremely effective option for care that can help an individual defeat a prescription medication addiction. Detox services can help an individual to clear his or her body of harmful substances of abuse, and can prepare him or her to take full advantage of the therapeutic process.
What Happens During Prescription Medication Withdrawal
Depending on the medication that one is abusing, the withdrawal experienced when this type of substance abuse ends can vary. Most individuals experience physical pain, overwhelming cravings for more of their drug of choice, and irritability, which can threaten their efforts to stop using the drug.
For many, these withdrawal symptoms will force them to continue their prescription drug abuse. When this happens, an individual might feel defeated and increase the amount and frequency of his or her abuse in an effort to drown out withdrawal symptoms and the disappointment of not being able to stop using. This dangerous cycle of substance abuse can dramatically increase the risk of significant damage, including overdose.
Thankfully, a person who desires to end his or her abuse of prescription medication has options available that can decrease the risk of relapse and increase his or her chances of successfully achieving long-term recovery.
Detoxification at Keystone
At Keystone, we know what it takes to overcome a prescription drug addiction, and we are proud to be able to supply the care and resources individuals need to live sober, recovered lives.
When a person enters our program, his or her need for detox is always assessed so that he or she can obtain the most effective care possible. Detox services at Keystone include beneficial support from our staff and the interventions required to get through the process of withdrawal safely. Our team of professionals monitor the health of each individual in detox, and supply the medical interventions required to make patients comfortable during this part of care. Substance abuse is not allowed at our center, so each individual who comes to us for care will not be able to continue his or her abuse of prescription drugs, however will be able to make strides towards sobriety.
Long-Term Benefits of Detox for Prescription Medication Addiction
Engaging within a program that includes detox can mark the beginning of a life that is no longer controlled by prescription drug abuse. Unlike when an individual attempts to end using prescription medications independently, detox can make sure that the individual will be able to abstain from prescription drug abuse and avoid relapse.
Since detox eliminates traces of substances from the body, an individual can focus on understanding his or her addiction, developing the skills needed to recover, and establishing the confidence needed to know that one can uphold sobriety when not in treatment. Research has proven that completing detox can increase one’s odds of staying sober following the completion of treatment.
Therefore, if you or a loved one wants to partake in care that can set the groundwork for a new life free from the chains of prescription medication addiction, please reach out to Keystone today.