People who use Prescription Pain Pills are often self-medicating away psychiatric and physical pain.
Pain Pill addiction often occurs when people try to “self-medicate” serious psychiatric illnesses. People with both Heroin Addiction and a Psychiatric Disorder are call Dual Diagnosis
- Many people use Prescription Pain to cope with psychiatric problems. Long term, this will not work, but will makes matters worse;
- This is why diagnosing and treating co-occurring psychiatric problems is so important in Addiction Medicine;
- Addiction Recovery Models , must address both the Co-occurring psychiatric issues in order to be successful.
- Kittay’s Addiction and Psychiatry Model treats Dual Diagnosis and is effective.
How Do Opioids Affect The Brain?
When opioids are abruptly discontinued, symptoms of withdrawal appear. These include restlessness, irritability, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and cold flashes with goose bumps.
The withdrawal from Prescription Opioid Pain Pills is exactly the same as from heroin. Those who are addicted to Prescription Pain pills and stop using the drug abruptly have severe withdrawal, known on the street as “Dope Sickness”. The symptoms include restlessness, severe muscle and bone pain, sleep problems, diarrhea and vomiting, cold flashes with goose bumps (“cold turkey”), uncontrollable leg movements (“kicking the habit”), and severe heroin craving. The symptoms of “Dope Sickness” are all too familiar to those who have tried to stop using without medical help. People who try to stop using on their own usually can’t, or relapse quickly. Relapses occur in the desperate attempt to avoid feeling dope sick, chase the high, or just to feel “normal.
- Opioid withdrawal can be very uncomfortable, but unlike withdrawal from alcohol and sedatives such as benzodiazepines, it is not life threatening;
- The physical withdrawal symptoms can last anywhere from less than one week to one month, but the emotional symptoms such as low energy, anxiety and insomnia can last for several months.
Those who are addicted to Prescription Pain Pills and stop using the drug abruptly have severe withdrawal, known on the street as “Dope Sickness”.
Warning! People trying to stop on their own are usually unable and relapse quickly. Relapses occur in the desperate attempt to avoid having Dope Sickness, leading one to chase the high to just feel normal.
Our patients are safely and comfortably detoxified at home, and then maintained on medications to keep them sober, manage cravings and prevent relapse. They do not need to be treated in detox or rehabs, and unlike methadone, patients on these medicines are routinely seen monthly in our office instead of daily in the clinic.
Medications for Prescription Pain Pill Addiction
Safe and effective FDA approved Medications are available for Prescription Pain Pills detox and to prevent relapse. Pain Pill addictions can be treated using the medications such as Suboxone, Subutex, Sublocade, or Vivitrol.
These medicines prevent pain pills from producing their high and/or stopping cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Treatments are individually structured for safety, comfort and effectiveness.
The majority of our patients can be safely and comfortably detoxified as home as outpatients, and do not need to be inpatient. Once detoxed, medications to help maintain sobriety are prescribed to manage cravings and prevent relapse. Many patients do not need to go to a rehab facility and unlike methadone, patients on these medicines are routinely seen monthly instead of in a clinic daily.