Millions of people received treatment and rehabilitation in the US for painkiller abuse or addiction in the past year. Many of the chronic pain patients out there may be severely undertreated as a result of many doctors who are trying to gain some control over painkiller addiction. Opioids used in the way that the doctors have prescribed are not dangerous according to some well-established medical groups, but if that is true then why are so many people addicted to them? And why are so many people dying of overdoses at an epidemic rate?
Many individuals who are addicted to painkillers have different symptoms that they may not associate with the drug. Many other medications and hard drugs can interact with the Opioids and cause a variety of symptoms and can even be fatal. If you think you might be addicted and want to get off pain killers or any other drugs, the best approach is to get detoxified as fast as you can. Then plan to go through some rehabilitation. It’s important to have a professional support system and of course family support too.
When you’re physically addicted to a drug, such as painkillers, the Opioids or alcohol, etc., it’s because you’ve suppressed your body’s production of endorphins (endorphins are our natural opiate pain killers). And when this happens you start craving the drug that you replaced the endorphins with whether it’s pain killers, Opioids, alcohol or any other addicting drug that involves the endorphins.
Some people do exhibit compulsive behavior to satisfy cravings for a particular pain killer or pain medication even when there are negative consequences associated with taking it. The conventional treatment options for painkiller addiction can include medications, such as methadone and LAAM (Levo-Alpha-Acetyl-Methadol) along with behavioral counseling. The patient is almost always medically detoxified before any treatment is has begun.
One type of therapy – Ultra-Rapid Opioid Detoxification (UROD) or also called Rapid Detox or anesthesia Detox is a relatively new treatment approach. Rapid Detox, rapid opiate Detox or anesthesia Detox is used for addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers, Oxycontin, Methadone, Vicodin, Darvocet, Percocet, Hydrocodone, etc. The patient is detoxified under anesthesia. It’s a relatively quick Detox. However, complications can arise anytime anyone undergoes anesthesia plus there may be other complications from the anesthesia following the treatment. This is only a treatment and not rehabilitation, which must follow it.
After a patient, who is addicted to pain killing drugs, has completed detoxification, the pain MD from Premier Pain Institute Dr. Vengurlekar will work with the patient to determine the best course of treatment. There are many effective treatment options to consider to treat painkiller/narcotic addiction to the prescription Opioids and to help manage the possibly severe withdrawal symptoms that can happen when suddenly stopping the painkillers or drugs are suddenly stopped.
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