Prescription Drug Detox Tennessee

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Prescription Drug Detox Tennessee

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription drug use is at epidemic levels in America. These drugs are very commonly prescribed. They are also very commonly sold on the black market. People think that because they came from a doctor, they’re safe.

Prescription drugs can be just as dangerous and addictive as illegal drugs. They can be extremely habit-forming, both physically and mentally. At Detox West Tennessee, we understand that it’s not easy to stop on your own. If it was, people wouldn’t need our help.

With intervention, it is possible to detox from prescription drugs safely. Detox is always the first part of long-term recovery; We use a combination of medical expertise and evidence-based approaches to ensure sure that people can detox from prescription drugs as painlessly as possible.

Prescription Drugs

Prescription drugs is a broad term to describe any drugs that are given to us by a doctor. The typical prescription drugs that our clients take are:

  • Opioids such as oxycodone (Oxycontin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), or hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Stimulants such as amphetamine (Adderall) and methylphenidate (Ritalin)
  • Benzodiazepines such as diazepam (Valium), alprazolam (Xanax), and Lorazepam (Ativan)

Because these drugs all have very different effects, they have different detox symptoms. It is possible to detox from all of these safely with the correct medical support. Most people arrive at our door having tried to stop on their own. Prescription drug withdrawal symptoms can be unbearable with no help.

Our clients are often pleasantly surprised at how much difference medical intervention makes. We can prescribe drugs that reduce or eliminate withdrawal symptoms. Our supportive and judgment-free center is the perfect place to begin the rest of your life.

Prescription Opioids

Opioids are powerful, addictive drugs and are usually prescribed for moderate to severe pain. However, they also produce strong euphoric effects. Users feel a sense of warmth and calm upon taking them. Some people want to repeat this experience and will often take more of them.

Repeatedly taking prescription opioids leads to people becoming psychologically, then later physically dependent on the drugs. This disrupts our brain’s natural chemistry. It stops making chemicals that we usually use to regulate our body’s digestion, temperature, and emotions.

Prescription Opioid Detox

When our bodies become dependent on opioids, it makes suddenly stopping very unpleasant. We are unable to regulate our everyday functions. It is possible to recover from opioid addiction, but you have to detox first.

Prescription opioid withdrawal has a range of physical and effects. These can include:

  • Sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Teary eyes
  • Body aches
  • Chills
  • A high temperature
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Amplified emotions
  • Craving opioids
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of appetite
  • Restless legs

These symptoms usually build up and peak around the third or fourth day of no prescription opioids. They last for between two and three weeks, with some residual effects that can last for months after.

If someone attempts to stop taking prescription opioids without any support, they will find it extremely hard. The withdrawal symptoms can be overwhelming, and many people will find themselves using opioids again to stop them. This then continues the cycle of drug use.

Medical Prescription Opioid Detox

Clinical opioid detox is the most effective way to break a physical addiction. Our clinical experts can give substitute drugs that get rid of withdrawal symptoms and make cravings easier. Once our clients are stabilized, we can reduce the dosage of these substitutes.

This allows us to control the speed at which people detox. We slowly break the physical dependency in a safe environment. When we have reduced a person’s opioid dependency, we can safely wean them off. We can also administer medication to help with the other side effects.

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Prescription Stimulant Detox

People are usually prescribed stimulant drugs for ADHD or narcolepsy. However, many people either misuse their prescriptions or buy them from other people. These drugs cause a release of dopamine in the brain. This causes users to feel ‘high.’

Typically, after taking prescription stimulant drugs, people feel energetic, social, and focused. Although they originally come from a doctor, these drugs can be as strong as cocaine or methamphetamine.

When people take prescription stimulants repeatedly, they can become psychologically dependent on them. Our brains become used to having artificially high levels of dopamine, and stop producing as much. If we stop using prescription stimulants abruptly, then we will experience detox symptoms.

These can include:

  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Hunger
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis

Medical Prescription Stimulant Detox

Unlike opioids or benzodiazepines, there are no substitute drugs we can use to wean people off of stimulants. However, we can give medical assistance in other ways. Sometimes, people need psychiatric, anti-anxiety, or sleep medication – we can provide this. If someone arrives malnourished, we can provide a nutritional intervention.

Prescription stimulant withdrawal symptoms usually appear within a few hours of the last dose of the drug. Symptoms usually peak within a week and then taper down. However, some of the symptoms can last for several weeks to months after quitting. These are called post-acute withdrawal symptoms, or PAWS.

Benzodiazepine Detox

Benzodiazepines are potent sedatives and muscle relaxers. They are a very commonly prescribed drug. They are used for a range of conditions, from seizures to panic attacks. Benzodiazepines are also commonly misused for their pleasurable effects.

When taken for a prolonged period, benzodiazepines are physically addictive. Because of the area of the brain they work on, suddenly stopping can be very dangerous. The most extreme side effect of benzodiazepine withdrawal is a seizure. In some instances, these have been fatal.

Some of the other withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Insomnia
  • Shaking
  • Nausea
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Dry mouth
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Mania

Managing Benzodiazepine Detox

Because of how serious the side effects can be, you should not try to stop using benzodiazepines on your own. Not only are the chances of successfully stopping significantly lower, but it is also very dangerous.

The detox period is easier and safer with clinical intervention. At Detox West Tennessee, you’ll have someone checking on you regularly. We will ascertain how severe your addiction is, and we will create a customized detoxification plan.

We usually stabilize you on long-acting benzodiazepines such as diazepam. This stops you from going into acute withdrawal and reduces the risk of seizures. Over time, we will gradually reduce the dose.

Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms can last several weeks – we’ll make sure that you’re supported during this period. We can prescribe other medications to help with psychiatric symptoms such as psychosis or anxiety, should this be necessary.

How Do I Know I Need a Prescription Drug Detox?

Drug addiction is a mental and physical health issue. It does not matter if the drugs came from a pharmacy or a dealer. The way our bodies respond is exactly the same. This means that prescription drug detox needs to be taken as seriously as heroin or cocaine detox.

Some of the signs you might need a prescription drug detox are:

  • Experiencing any of the withdrawal symptoms listed above
  • Frequently running out of your prescription early
  • Having multiple prescriptions for the same drug
  • Buying prescription drugs on the black market
  • Trying and failing to stop using prescription drugs
  • Taking a cocktail of drugs

Detox From Prescription Drugs with Us

At Detox West Tennessee, we take pride in looking after our clients. Our thorough assessment process gives us a chance to work out exactly what you need. We appreciate that everyone’s needs are different. This is why we make sure that everyone’s detox plan is unique and suited to them.

Detox is one of the most important components of recovery. The more efficient this process is, the better your chances of long-term recovery are. Substance addiction isn’t a moral failing – it’s a medical issue. There is no need to suffer for your condition. Contact us, and we’ll make the start of your journey as easy as it can be.

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