Addiction recovery is a journey—and one of the first steps on that journey is detox. Simply put, you need to rid your body of harmful and addictive toxins before you can focus on recovery in earnest. This is an important step in the recovery process, no matter the nature of your addiction—and yes, that includes addiction to prescription painkillers.
But how does the detox process work, exactly? While it is possible to go “cold turkey” and detox at home, this step is not recommended—for a number of reasons. Detox typically comes with immense pain and discomfort, and when you detox on your own, that pain can cause you to panic, reach for pills, and plunge back into drug use. In some cases, it can even cause overdosing.
By contract, there are many benefits to a formal, clinical detox program—less pain, less danger, and a higher degree of efficacy. Here are some of the specific advantages to choosing a formal painkiller detox program.
Inpatient detox, in a place like Experience Recovery, is overseen by addiction recovery specialists—clinical providers who know and understand both the physical and emotional symptoms of detox. They know what you’re going through, and can help you with some healthy and holistic pain management strategies—easing your discomfort without the risk of falling back into drug use, or of overdose. In short, they ensure that your detox is healthy and safe.
When you detox in a clinical setting, you can rest assured that there are no dangerous drugs or addictive pills within your reach—so there’s no risk of an immediate relapse. What’s more, clinical providers can often provide you with replacement medications, which will ease your pain without triggering addiction.
Addiction can often be triggered or exacerbated by stress. So, when you’re trying to detox while still keeping up with home, school, or work responsibilities, it can be challenging, to say the least. In a clinical detox facility, though, these obligations aren’t there to stress you out. Clinical detox provides you with the time and space you need to rest, relax, and focus on your health and recovery—period.
Another important point to make about inpatient detox is that it’s the start of a longer recovery process. Once you experience detox, you then need to consider the next step along your path—whether that means residential treatment, intensive outpatient care, partial hospitalization, or something else. Transitional living and aftercare are also important. In a formal detox program, it’s easy to speak with your counselor and identify the next steps that are right for you.
Indeed, an inpatient detox program will provide you with the foundation you need to develop your sobriety skills—allowing you to continue your recovery over the long haul, responding to stressors and triggers in a good, healthy way. These practical skills are vital for keeping your recovery intact.
It’s more than possible to overcome prescription pill addiction—and the first step toward doing so is getting those harmful substances out of your body. The safest, healthiest, most comfortable, and most efficient way to do that is through a formal, inpatient detox program—like the one we offer at Experience Recovery.
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