If you’ve taken opiates for more than 5 days, your body is already dependent on them quitting them requires a medical detox, not just a taper protocol.
DETOX AFTER CHRONIC DISEASE OR ILLNESS
If you've been on opioids to help ease pain caused by a chronic disease or long-term illness, quitting them when your treatment is over can be a painful process.
At Relieve Medical Detox we have designed an easy seven day protocol to help you detox safely without painful withdrawals.
If you suffer from a disease or illness that causes chronic pain, your doctor may have prescribed you opioids.
The term “chronic non-cancer pain” is ill defined but generally understood to apply to common types of musculoskeletal pain syndromes, such as arthritis and low back pain, and to headache. The long-term use of opioid drugs for these conditions is more controversial than use for cancer-related pain.
While opioids can help with pain, their side-effects can also amplify symptoms of chronic diseases, such as depression.
When you no longer need opioids:
If you have been taking opioids for longer than five days, you have likely developed a physical dependence on them and will experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit.
If you stop taking opioids suddenly you will likely develop a flu-like illness, excessive sweating, and diarrhea. For this reason, self-tapers and doctor prescribed self-taper protocols usually fail.
Doctor Prescribed Self-Taper Protocol
Many physicians place the responsibility on the patient to taper on their own, by halving their doses for example.
This is not a realistic expectation, because once the body is dependent self control is NOT the issue. The body experiences very real and very upsetting symptoms. This leads to patients never completing a self taper, they get cut off and now they are going cold turkey. This pain can be too much to handle for many people, causing them to seek other sources for opioids to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
Our Medical Detox Treatment is NOT the same as a prescription taper protocol.
During the detox process we use using specific medication substitutes to decrease detox time, comfort medications to ease any withdrawal symptoms, and medications to any curb cravings you may encounter. We also offer supplemental services to help your body heal throughout the process.
Noah has fond memories of his childhood and the close relationship he shared with his father, Rick. His dad lived life to the fullest and he was a loved and respected member of the beauty and personal care industry. He worked hard and enjoyed his leisure time entertaining colleagues and friends. Noah describes a belt that his dad used to wear that was inscribed with the phrase, “Too fast to live, too young to die,” as a way to describe his father’s passion for life. Noah was aware that his father’s social lifestyle involved drinking and cigarettes, but it never seemed to be in excess. Noah and his brother felt no cause for concern at first, but they began to notice pills missing from their own opioid prescriptions for their back pain and dental work. Noah and his brother weren’t sure their father was to blame, and they didn’t feel that they could address the missing pills with him. In addition, they didn’t think that he was showing outward signs of drug abuse or addiction.
Rick also suffered from an autoimmune disease called scleroderma, which negatively impacts the functioning of the kidneys, lungs, and heart. He was hospitalized in his mid-fifties after suffering minor strokes, and although the doctors weren’t sure what had caused his stroke and collapse, opioids were found in his system while at the hospital. He received further treatment for the autoimmune disease, which seemed to be a turning point for a healthier lifestyle. However, two years later, Rick was found unconscious in his home with opioids in his system. This time he would not recover. Rick died in the hospital at age 58.
Noah regrets not challenging his father about his addiction and wishes he and his family had known about the risks of prescription opioids and had spoken up sooner.
Tamera was prescribed opioid medication to manage chronic severe headaches. Before she started taking opioid pain medications, she had a steady, long-standing career and lived in a comfortable home with her young son. Tamera became addicted to prescription opioids within a year, and everything changed. She began requiring larger doses to experience the same effects the drugs once provided. She was written prescriptions by four different doctors before and began purchasing pills on the street. Tamera describes getting to a point where the only thing that mattered to her was finding a way to maintain the numb feeling she got from the prescription opioids. Her career, her home, and a significant amount of retirement savings were all lost to her addiction. Tamera says that her addiction “took everything” that she had. Tamera was eventually forced to part with her son, who went to live with his father, so that Tamera could get treatment.
After a number of years, Tamera was able to overcome her addiction. She still experiences residual health problems due to her opioid addiction, including hearing loss, digestive issues, and throat damage that has affected her voice. Her son still lives with his father; however, Tamera is grateful that she and her son continue to have a good relationship. Today, Tamera is working at Hope House recovery center, and she recently became a Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES) through the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse.
People with chronic illnesses may develop pain from a number of common and, possibly, unrelated causes.
A term used to define this kind of pain is “referred pain” – where a condition in one part of the body causes pain in other parts of the body.
One common example of referred pain is when someone with rheumatoid arthritis affecting the hip reports pain in their groin or thigh. While the pain starts in their hip, the feeling of the pain travels.
With the use of opioids, hyperalgesia can also result.
Chronic pain can result from many causes, such as:
- Crohn's disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Heart Failure
- Facial pain
- Peripheral nerve pain
- Compression fractures
- Post-herpetic neuralgia
- Piriformis syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
- Lateral epicondylitis
- Cancer pain
- Arm Pain
- Auto Accident Injury
- Cluster Headache
- Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
- Herniated Disc
- Knee Pain
- Leg Pain
- Lower Back Pain
- Migraine Headache
- Neck Pain
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Sacroiliac Joint Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Tension Headaches
- Heart disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Neck, shoulder, or back pain
- Joint pain
- Pain after surgery that continues for more than 6 months
- Neuropathic pain or diabetic neuropathy
- Pain after a stroke
- Lasting headaches
- Irritable bowel syndrome