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What Is Prescription Drug Detox Like?
Prescription drug detox for Long Island residents is an individualized process. You will first be evaluated medically and psychologically, and your level of addiction will be measured so a customized treatment plan can be formulated.
After evaluation, you will begin detox. This process means you will stop taking the drugs, and your body will adjust while removing the toxins from your system. The most effective detox method is an inpatient medically assisted treatment (MAT).
You will stay in a treatment center in a MAT program, monitored 24/7 by medical staff. They can provide medications and other medical and psychological care to prevent you from suffering as you detox. This can include therapy, counseling, and medications to help with symptoms like restlessness, pain, seizures, and drug cravings. Once detox is over, it is almost always recommended to move directly into a 30 to 90-day rehab program.
Prescription Drug Withdrawal Symptoms
The withdrawal symptoms for prescription drugs will vary depending on which narcotic you were using, the half-life of the drug, as well as how much you were taking, how long you were taking the drug, and whether you have other mental or physical disorders.
Withdrawal symptoms for different drugs will vary but can be intense, excessively uncomfortable, and may even become life-threatening, making a medically assisted treatment (MAT) program a much safer option than trying to quit cold turkey at home. Symptoms may include:
- Stimulants: detoxing from stimulants may cause insomnia, tremors, anxiety, depression, sweating/fever, stomach pains, aggression, intense dreams, and suicidal thoughts/actions.
- Opiates/prescription painkillers: detoxing from opiate drugs may result in irritability, an inability to concentrate, high blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, irritability/aggression, abdominal cramping/nausea, paranoia, insomnia, fatigue, excessive sweating, anxiety, and muscle aches and spasms.
- Barbiturates and Benzodiazepines: stopping the use of these medications can cause headaches, nausea/cramping, weight loss, lack of focus, insomnia, tremors, sweating, confusion, muscles aches, and pains, risk of seizures, heart palpitations, and depression.
- Antidepressants: quitting antidepressants without a slow tapering-off period can cause tremors, fatigue, dizziness, mood swings, depression, anxiety, loss of coordination, headache, flu-like symptoms, nightmares, nausea/vomiting, restlessness, and muscle spasms.
Prescription Drug Rehab After Detox
After drug detox, you will be ready to take in new information and dig deep, working on yourself and finding the underlying causes of your addiction in rehab. Rehab is important because addiction is not only a physical affliction. It is primarily affected by psychological issues like trauma and social and behavioral problems, all of which can be altered with new habits and sobriety skills gained in rehab. Medical care, counseling, life-skills coaching, holistic treatments, and more can be helpful when used with behavioral, group, and other one-on-one therapies. Dual diagnosis treatments for co-existing mental health issues are imperative for some people, as addiction and mental illness are usually interconnected or stem from the same underlying cause.
Prescription Drug Detox and Rehab at Legacy Healing Center
At Legacy Healing Center’s prescription drug detox for Long Island residents, we offer a medical drug detox program, followed by inpatient and outpatient rehab programs. These plans will help you change your old habits, learn to deal with stress and triggers using healthy coping mechanisms, and help you heal your body, mind, and spirit through a comprehensive, integrated treatment program personalized to your unique needs. You will be able to stop using prescription drugs without suffering from your withdrawal symptoms and reintegrate into your everyday life with all the sobriety skills and tools you will need for long-term recovery. Contact us at 888.534.2295 today to learn more about prescription drug detox Long Island residents can count on.