Pain Medication Withdrawal Symptoms

Pain Medication Withdrawal Symptoms

Pain medication withdrawal symptoms act as a dominant driver, continuing the entrapment of addiction to or dependence on these drugs.


Many have described the severity of discomfort during cessation as excruciating, sometimes past the threshold of what a person can tolerate. This degree discomfort explains much about the frequency of relapse on pain pills. Where a person's injury or surgery caused pain, medication was prescribed to ease the discomfort and brought welcomed and necessary relief. However, as in all drugs, there is a point where the drugs stop working so well, or at all. There are reasons for those phenomena. Understanding these mechanics more completely, and preparing for them, can help to prevent further problems such as over-medication, relapse or even overdose.

Pain pills procured on the street operate in the same way. Eventually, the person will begin to need a higher or more frequent dose to attain the same euphoric effect, which becomes harder and harder to achieve. Finally, the drug stops providing any pleasure, but the person is merely trying to avoid the painful withdrawals or "dope sickness." Where the person decides to stop using, the sheer intensity of withdrawals can present an intimidating barrier. A person who has fallen into the addiction trap very often requires help and assistance to overcome these mechanics. The healing process entails multiple layers, some of which are physical, and some emotional, or spiritual. We can help.

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Immediately on arriving for treatment, one crucial beginning step is to identify what supplements are needed to benefit the healing process. Using plant-based, non-addictive nutritional elements provides the body with what it needs to begin to normalize healthy neurochemistry after the chaos and disruption of addiction. At the completion of inpatient treatment, clients can purchase a supplement protocol to continue to support the healing process once they return home. During the program, classes are given to explain the essential functions of nutrition, especially in recovery. Clients also learn how to use food and a clean diet to support a healthy micro biome, which is integral but often overlooked when neurotransmitter repair is the goal.

The intestines are called "the second brain." Intestinal health is vital for healthy and robust neurotransmitter function since the gut produces most of the hormones used by the brain and CNS. Addiction disrupts and highjacks the regular roles of hormones and can result in dysfunctional brain chemistry, and a polluted body. There are many treatments during the program that assist these undesirable conditions, such as colon hydrotherapy, low-temperature sauna, chelation, cultured foods at every meal, mineral baths, bentonite clay packs, nutrient-dense diet, etc. Toxin removal is essential to ensure the gut is functioning efficiently, enabling absorption of nutrients fully.

Holistic pain management is another critical element of the program. Where a person has medical oversight and is gradually tapering off their medications, clients benefit from acupuncture, Reiki, therapeutic massage, cranial sacral massage, yoga, spa treatments and more, to assuage physical pain during opiate withdrawal. Counselling provides a vehicle for emotional healing and the release of emotional distress. Life coaching enables a resident to begin to restructure and fill their life with meaningful changes and plans for the future.

Brief Summary of Pain Medication Withdrawal Symptoms

Without preparation or ongoing support, coming off pain pills can be excruciating. Some of the most intense reactions are:

  • muscle cramping, abdominal cramping
  • flu-like symptoms
  • nausea
  • sweating
  • anxiety
  • fatigue
  • depression
  • chills
  • goosebumps
  • restless legs
  • joint pain
  • back pain
  • leg cramps
  • diarrhea
  • constipation

Any of these intense reactions to coming off pain pills would be hard to bear, but the multiplicity of symptoms make the condition nearly impossible to withstand. You don't have to suffer, and you don't have to resort to relapse or substitute drugs to alleviate these problems.

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We are always available to speak with you, to give you more detailed information on the various phases of the program. We can also inquire about private insurance coverage on your behalf which may cover at least a portion of the fees. Call us today and find out how we can assist you or your loved one with healing and recovery from pain medication withdrawal symptoms.


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