Painkillers and the Brain
Painkillers are pills made with opioids. It is very easy to become dependent on painkillers and it is very difficult to stop painkiller addiction without seeking professional help.
You can only get opioid painkillers with a prescription because they are very habit-forming.
If someone takes pain pills for a long period of time, they tend to increase the tolerance for painkillers. As such, they need more painkillers to achieve the same effect. Everyone that uses painkillers can easily become dependent on them.
Painkiller use affects one’s aspirations, ambitions, determinations, passions, rationale, schooling, and recollection. The more pain pills that are ingested, the more logic and reasoning are diminished.
Erratic and disheartening behaviors become common in those addicted to painkillers, such as a frequent need to use and lawlessness.
Painkiller Addiction Withdrawal
Withdrawal is when your body makes adjustments in order to keep blood flowing and the lungs breathing as a result of repeated exposure to opioid-based painkillers.
When someone is dependent on painkillers, it means that they will experience negative withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking the pills. Painkiller addiction is compulsive seeking and using despite numerous harmful negative consequences.
Addicts tend to avoid opioid and painkiller withdrawal at all costs because it is very unpleasant and potentially painful.
Your baseline amount of noradrenaline increases over time due to a rise in locus coeruleus neuronal activity. This occurs as a result of the painkillers suppressing and offsetting the increased noradrenaline baseline forcing the addict to constantly use just to feel normal.
If the use of the painkiller is abruptly stopped, the higher noradrenaline baseline causes triggering jitters, anxiety, muscle cramps, diarrhea and insomnia due to the Central Nervous System.
The duration of opioid withdrawal can be several days, or even longer depending on the person’s duration of use. Often times former addicts experience problems falling asleep and staying asleep.
Common opiate withdrawal symptoms include craving, sneezing, yawning, diarrhea, enlarged pupils, cramps, chills, nausea, puking, aches, anxiety, depression, and sleeplessness.
Our Treatment Approach
StepHouse Recovery Center has a very effective, simple recovery process that is based on combining natural supplementation along with appropriate drugs.
We use proven supplementation that works specifically with the protocol your physician directly prescribes.
This supplementation directly supports the systems in the body that cause opioid withdrawal. With this direct support to inhibitory systems, we deliver one of the most effective opioid detox programs in the country.
Many of these withdrawal symptoms can be minimized with our professional services. We offer withdrawal-specific medications to alleviate your withdrawal discomfort. Buprenorphine is our most common medication to use during our opioid detoxification process.
Most withdrawal symptoms last about five days with minor discomfort persisting for weeks.
We find it to not be very wise to try to detox at home, as it usually ends in relapse. Most people that try to self-detox at home end up experiencing opioid withdrawal syndrome that causes both physical and mental distress that is extremely unpleasant.
Seeking professional help to help curb addiction is the safest, most successful way to stop addiction.