If your medical provider has suddenly stopped your prescription you likely need a medical detox.
DETOX AFTER LAST PRESCRIPTION
Many people experience severe pain related to injury or surgery. Patients who are suffering can be prescribed a vast spectrum of pharmaceutical aids including hydrocodone, oxycodone, and hydromorphone (Morphine) by their doctors, surgeons, or pain management clinics.
Unfortunately, even patients who have never had any substance abuse or addiction problems will most likely become physically dependent on opioids while managing their pain.
The only solution to stopping pain pills is to medically detox.
Martha was a 62-year-old who never drank or used a drug in her entire life. On her 60th birthday, she was involved in a very traumatic car accident. This accident changed her life and did tremendous long term damage to her body. At the same time, she also developed ulcerative colitis. She had seen a pain doctor monthly for over two years. He put her on 60 mg morphine sulfate which she took for two years under her doctor's care.
Out of the blue, her doctor told her he is not seeing any more pain patients, and he would refer her to a pain doctor. The referral was not able to take her on for two months. She continued to search for other pain management doctors but wasn't able to find one quickly to renew her prescription. Her worst nightmare began; she ran out of her medication and started to feel the "horrific" nausea, anxiety, insomnia, and diarrhea of cold-turkey opioid withdrawal alone at home. She felt abandoned and terrified.
Desperate to make the pain stop, she began to use her friend's prescriptions to avoid being sick. She quickly progressed to finding someone who could give her fentanyl. Her use of street fentanyl continued until her family intervened and convinced her to go to a medical detox.
She detoxed over seven days and found pain management without opioids. Martha is now healthy and happy to be living without the constant worry of finding her next dose.
Has your doctor stopped your prescription with little to no warning?
If you've been taking opiates for more than 5 days, you can face serious withdrawal symptoms after your last dose.
Your doctor might have recommended a taper protocol, where you take half doses until you run out. A taper protocol will not ease your withdrawal symptoms or cravings.
A taper protocol 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 which leads to patients never completing a self taper. They get cut off, and now they are going cold-turkey. Some patients try to get more meds from friends, family, doctors, or the street.
At Relieve Medical Detox, we understand this struggle and want to help you detox properly so that you can stop your prescription easily and painlessly.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU HAVE BEEN CUT-OFF BY YOUR PHYSICIAN?
The answer to this growing problem is simple; Patients need to medically detox from the opioids. If you've been taking opioids, your body has become physically dependent on them and you need to detox your body from them to stop the dependency.
Medical detoxification safely manages the acute physical symptoms of withdrawal associated with stopping drug use. It is a simple process that few people know is necessary when stopping opioids.
WHY DO YOU NEED TO DETOX?
If you've just been cut off, your body is currently addicted (physically dependent) on these drugs.
The use of opiates prescribed by a doctor for surgery or post-injury is only ever intended for short term use. Extended use will most certainly cause a person to become physically dependent. What is even more staggering is that dependence can happen within as little as 5 days. When a person uses opiates for long periods, physical dependence is inevitable.
Stopping opiates suddenly or tapering yourself can be a dangerous and excruciating process. Going through a medical detox gives you a safe, comfortable option to regain your independence again.
WHAT IS MEDICAL DETOX?
Medical detox is the critical first step in freeing yourself from a drug addiction/dependence. It is a place which provides a safe and comfortable environment to detox.
During medical detox, you will:
- Be under the direct supervision of a Medical Doctor and his team of Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses
- Have close monitoring for safety
- A medical protocol designed to address you as a person (Many people have co-occurring medical consideration which must be taken in consideration).
- Receive detox medications
WILL I STILL BE IN PAIN?
One of the biggest obstacles for patient to entering a detox facility is “how will my pain be addressed after I detox.” SDC’s medical and clinical team assist in setting up aftercare so pain can be managed without the use of opiates post detox. Detox is the first step, after that a care plan needs to be developed. We have referred many of our patients to post detox facilities which specialize in addressing pain.
Be your own advocate and properly detox after the use of pain medications.
Not sure if you need to detox? If you answer yes to any of the following you may need a medical detox from your pain medication.
- Are you using opioids for Nonmedical Reasons?
- Are you self medicating or not following the dosage guidelines?
- Are you increasing the dosing to address the pain (tolerance)?
- Are you taking the medication via smoking or injecting?
- Are you isolating from friends and family?
- Are you experiencing work or legal problems?
If you are unsure at all about if you need medical detox, please call us today for a free, confidential consultation.
LIFE ON OPIOIDS IS NOT LIVING.
Take your life back and detox from pain medication.
If you've been cut off, or you are ready to quit. Call us to schedule your detox. We do accept reservations, but we recommend calling us as soon as possible to make arrangements.
Relieve Medical Detox sees many patients who have been in this situation. Injured, placed on pain medication, cut off abruptly... and many now using fentanyl. They have never had any substance abuse issues in the past, but now find themselves physically addicted and in need of detox.
If you feel like life revolves around the next dose of medication, afraid of getting “cut off”, or if you are trying desperately to cut back or go just a little longer between doses and are experiencing detox symptoms; reach out for help! You are not alone. Relieve Medical Detox has specially tailored programs for a safe and comfortable detox from pain medications.
RELIEVE YOUR SYMPTOMS.
If you or your loved one is ready to take the next step to be free from opioids,
please call us today!