Pain medications like Oxycontin are currently all the rage. Isn’t it terrible that people have turned to painkillers as a form of entertainment and escape from reality? The reality is the US is caught in the middle of a opioid epidemic. From painkillers to killer drugs like Fentanyl, the problem just keeps on growing.
Are you reading this information because you fear a loved one might be caught in the cycle of painkiller addiction? If so, you are in the same position as millions of other Americans. You are all looking for a way to save your loved one before it’s too late.
Before you waste too much time looking for answers, you need to know the only viable solution for any addiction comes from the addict getting treatment from a reputable drug and alcohol rehab. All those Internet remedies and self-help solutions are of little use because they don’t focus on finding the root cause of the addition. They just focus on some quick fix method of detox, followed by some method of staying away from the substance of choice. In the end, almost all of these options turn to mud in the form of constant relapse.
That brings us back to rehab. If you want to help your loved one, you can start by helping them recognize they have an illness. The chances of getting them into treatment without this realization is small. Even if they want to appease you by going into treatment, there’s a good chance treatment will fail if they aren’t committed to the process. The treatment process takes a lot of time and work. It’ better served to someone who really wants to reclaim their life from drugs or alcohol.
As for painkiller addiction, there’s a few things you might want to know. Depending on the depth of your loved one’s painkiller addiction, quitting might be difficult. At the very least, they will face some serious withdrawal symptoms when they finally do decide to stop using. We are talking about withdrawal symptoms like:
- Tremors and convulsions
- Heart rate issues
- Breathing issues
- Severe muscle and stomach cramping
- Psychological issues like depression, anxiety and anger
- Sleeping issues
- Hallucinations and bad dreams
Certainly, therapy and counseling are going to be the focus of your loved one’s treatment program. However, you might want to start by helping them get through the detox process as safely as possible.
Signs Your Loved One Will Need a Detox Program
While a large percentage of painkillers addicts go through a formal detox program, there are some people that can skip by that part of treatment. These are the folks with a mild addiction or ones that have somehow made it past their withdrawal symptoms on their own with a minimum of discomfort. This option is not recommended.
Taking everything into account, it might fall on you to help your loved one decide on whether or not they will need a detox program. If they are willing to go straight to a rehab facility, the facility’s clinicians will be able to determine if a detox program is necessary. Generally, they will lean towards a conservative approach, which usually translates to affirmative on detox.
If you don’t know, there are two objectives with a detox program. The first one is helping the patient get past their withdrawal issues with a minimum of discomfort. The facility’s doctors can assure this by prescribing relief medications if the patient experiences pain or sleeping issues.
The other goal is giving the patient time to get past their cravings for drugs or alcohol. It’s very difficult for an addict to focus on therapy when their body and mind are screaming for drugs. Once cravings diminish, they start feeling better, making it easier to get through the rigors of counseling. The decision to go forward with a detox program should be based on three things: Compassion for you loved one, the extent of their addiction and their desire to get better.
Compassion for Your Loved One
If you understand your loved one has a disease, it will be easier to have compassion for their plight. Part of having compassion for them is wanting to keep them from experiencing pain and discomfort. If they decide to stop using on their own, you need to keep an eyes on their health. Any signs of the aforementioned withdrawal symptoms should motivate you to spring into action. These symptoms are dangerous. Far too many things could go wrong and should you not make an effort to help them into a detox program, you would put yourself in a difficult situation if things went wrong. Let compassion rule your decision to help.
The Extent of Their Addiction
If your loved one has been abusing painkillers for a long time, there’s a good chance their addiction is significant. You can measure the extent of their addiction by looking at how long they have been using, what types of painkillers they are using, how often they are popping pills, how much they take per dosa and how long it takes them to come off their high. If any of these parameters cause you concern, a detox process is probably needed.
Their Desire to Get Better
If your loved on has stepped up and asked you for help, this is your cue to start looking after their best interests. The best way you can keep them safe through the entire treatment process is to play it safe. That means recommending a detox program even if your loved one’s addiction doesn’t appear to be significant. By the way, the simple fact they are abusing opiates should be enough for you to convince them a detox program would be the best approach.
It’s wonderful that you want to look out for your loved one. If you want more information about the signs a detox program is warranted, you can call us at 1877-497-6180.