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Prescription Drug Detoxification in Denver
If you or someone you love has been suffering at the hands of a prescription drug use disorder, CuraWest is available to help. Our multi-staged program of addiction recovery combines medical detox with residential inpatient treatment, helping clients undergo a safe, pain-free withdrawal while actively preparing them for continued success in sobriety.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are three main classes of commonly misused prescription medications: opioids, depressants and stimulants. When an individual abuses a prescription medication, it simply means that he or she is using the drug other than as prescribed by a medical professional. This could mean taking a higher dose or taking a medication that was prescribed to someone else. Many believe that abusing a drug means taking the drug in order to experience some sort of high. The truth is, however, individuals more frequently abuse prescription drugs in attempts to treat an underlying and legitimate medical condition. For example, if an individual has been suffering at the hands of an untreated anxiety disorder and he or she takes a Xanax from a friend, this would be considered prescription drug abuse.
At CuraWest we have extensive experience treating the symptoms of prescription drug withdrawal. Our medical detox program offers people of all ages and walks of life the opportunity to undergo withdrawal in a safe, supportive, homestyle environment. Not only was our facility carefully and expertly designed with client comfort in mind, but the detox methods we utilize are guaranteed to deliver a short-lived and pain-free withdrawal process. We know that committing to recovery can be overwhelming, and we ensure that we consistently do everything in our power to make each and every individual client feel as safe and supported as possible. We offer personalized plans for continuing care, ensuring clients have access to the services and resources they need to successfully avoid relapse.
About Prescription Drugs
When prescribed by a medical professional for the treatment of a specific health-related disorder or mental illness, prescription medications can be extremely beneficial. Central nervous depressants, like Valium and Xanax, are used to treat insomnia and other sleep-related disorders, anxiety disorders and – in some cases – convulsive disorders (seizures). Stimulant medications, like Ritalin and Adderall, are used to treat disorders like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Opioid narcotic medications, like hydrocodone and OxyContin, are used for the management of pain-related symptoms. However, each of these prescription medications has a very high potential for abuse.
Prescription Drug Abuse
Over the course of the past several years, prescription drug abuse has been skyrocketing, mostly as a result of over-prescription. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 2 million Americans reported misusing prescription painkillers within the past year. When further broken down, this study revealed that during the same year over 1 million Americans abused prescription stimulants, 1.5 million abused prescription tranquilizers and roughly 271,000 abused prescription sedatives.
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Prescription Drug Addiction Signs & Symptoms
The Mayo Clinic notes that the signs and symptoms associated with prescription drug abuse and addiction will vary depending on the type of prescription that is being abused.
If an individual is suffering from a prescription opioid addiction, he or she might experience: drowsiness, confusion, nausea and constipation, respiratory depression, poor coordination, an increased sensitivity to light, the building of a tolerance and withdrawal symptoms following abruptly ceased use.
If an individual is suffering from a prescription stimulant addiction, he or she might experience: increased alertness, high blood pressure, increased heart rate and heart palpitations, reduced appetite and weight loss, insomnia and other sleep-related issues, agitation and irritability, extreme anxiety and paranoia.
If an individual is suffering from a prescription depressant or tranquilizer addiction, he or she might experience: drowsiness and fatigue, confusion, slowed cognitive and motor functioning, slurred speech, dizziness and an inability to walk straight, memory issues, slowed breathing and respiratory depression.
When it comes to prescription drug addiction, there will also be a wide variety of behavioral symptoms present including:
- Isolating from friends and family members, and acting defensive when prescription drug use is mentioned or discussed
- Increased need for privacy
- Attempting to cut back or quit but being unable to do so for any length of time
- Stealing prescriptions from friends and family members
- “Doctor shopping” – meaning making appointments with different prescribing physicians in hopes of obtaining more than one prescription at a time
If you have been suffering at the hands of a prescription drug addiction, medical detox will be a necessary first step on the lifelong road to recovery. At CuraWest we provide an unmatched level of clinical care in a safe, secure and highly supportive environment.
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Prescription Drug Withdrawal Signs & Symptoms
Just as the symptoms of addiction will vary based on the type of prescription drug being abused, the symptoms of withdrawal will vary.
Symptoms of prescription opioid withdrawal might include: flu-like symptoms, such as night sweats, body tremors, watery eyes and a runny nose, profuse yawning, sleep-related issues, gastrointestinal problems like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea and intense anxiety. Medical detox is necessary because the intense cravings associated with opioid withdrawal often lead individuals back to active use before the detox process is complete.
Symptoms of prescription stimulant withdrawal might include: excessive fatigue and drowsiness, increased appetite, general feelings of physical discomfort, intense and persistent headaches, profuse sweating and body tremors. The psychological symptoms of stimulant withdrawal – such as anxiety, panic attacks and an overall depressed mood – are typically more severe than the physical symptoms.
Symptoms of prescription depressant or tranquilizer withdrawal might include: nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, intense muscle cramping and body aches, increased body temperature, high blood pressure, increased heart rate and heart palpitations and seizure. These symptoms can be life-threatening if not professionally treated in a medical detox setting.
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Why is Medical Detox Necessary for Prescription Drug Addiction?
When it comes to prescription drug withdrawal, a wide variety of detox methods need to be employed based on the substance involved and the severity and frequency of use. When it comes to benzodiazepines – prescription tranquilizers – the symptoms of withdrawal can be life-threatening if not professionally treated in a medical detox setting. Our team of experienced doctors and clinicians will check in on each individual patient regularly, treating withdrawal symptoms as they arise. In some cases, medication assisted treatment will be necessary, generally when a prescription opioid was the main drug of choice. We use safe and proven medications like Suboxone whenever necessary in order to reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms while alleviating psychological cravings. In other cases, we will slowly taper the client off of their drug of choice, ensuring that the physical body stabilizes slowly and does not go into shock. Providing a safe and pain-free withdrawal experience followed by a continuation of effective clinical care is our top priority.
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Our Stress-Free Admissions Process
Our admissions process is simple, straightforward and stress-free. We understand that committing to detox can be quite overwhelming in and of itself, and the last thing you want to worry about is the cost of treatment, travel plans to Denver or any other specific details. Fortunately, we have got you completely covered when it comes to all of the additional details. Our Treatment Advisors conduct a brief pre-assessment the moment you call, along with a complimentary insurance benefit check if necessary. As soon as the details are ironed out we will help you develop viable and simple travel plans and set up a date and time for your admission. If you have been suffering at the hands of a prescription drug addiction, CuraWest is the first step on the road to long-term sobriety. We are confident that your first detox will be your last when you are receiving a level of clinical care that you will not find in any hospital setting or state-run facility, coupled with an unmatched level of comfort that only a homestyle detox can provide. Additionally, we offer an ideal option for continuing care. The residential program of our program helps clients continue to heal as they develop the skills they need to maintain sobriety long-term. Contact us today at (888) 693-1794 and speak with one of our Treatment advisors standing by 24/7 to get started now.