For young people who are experiencing physical pain, prescription painkillers can be a life-saving option for treatment when everyday functioning is interrupted by medical conditions, pain following a surgery, or an injury. These medications, which are opioids, can only be prescribed by a professional, and will often come along with a warning that they can be habit-forming if the user does not follow the prescribing professional’s recommendations. But when an adolescent or teen does not follow through with their provider’s recommendations for consuming a prescription painkiller, a number of damages can occur.
In addition, there are adolescents or teens who consume prescription painkillers for non-medical purposes. Often done to obtain a high that includes effects such as relaxation, euphoria, and detachment from one’s surroundings, abusing prescription painkillers can bring on similar issues as those experienced by individuals who consume these substances outside of the prescribed guidelines. When the misuse of painkillers becomes consistent without a medical need for it, an addiction can develop, and rehab at a treatment center might be required in order to effectively end this type of substance abuse.
When rehab is needed to end a painkiller addiction, it may be beneficial for an adolescent or teen to receive detoxification (or detox) services. This type of care allows a youth to clear their body of dangerous substances, such as painkillers, so that the pain of withdrawal is diminished before other areas of recovery can be addressed.
What Happens During Prescription Painkiller Withdrawal
When a young person starts to misuse a prescription painkiller, they do not assume that an addiction is going to develop. Therefore, when they try to stop using these kinds of medications after having abused them for a long time, the symptoms of withdrawal that develop can be surprising.
Since prescription painkillers can cause an individual to develop a tolerance to them, which then requires them to consume more of them in order to obtain the desired effects, withdrawal is likely to occur when the use of the medication ends. A process that can include both bone and muscle pain, irritability, powerful cravings, and restlessness, prescription painkillers can bring on a very uncomfortable and painful withdrawal that can make obtaining sobriety all but impossible to do on one’s own.
However, by obtaining detox services, a young person can obtain relief from withdrawal and start to establish the skills required to live a life of recovery.
What Happens in Prescription Painkiller Detox
Every young person who comes to receive treatment at our addiction treatment center in Utah will be assessed to determine if detox is required at the start of the recovery process. When indicated, a detox referral will be made as the first step in the adolescent’s or teen’s care. While in detox, each youth will be made as comfortable as possible while going through withdrawal, and a trained staff of medical professionals at a treatment center will ensure that each adolescent’s or teen’s health and well-being are also being preserved.
Once finished, an adolescent or teen who was once stuck within the dangerous cycle of prescription painkiller abuse will be able to experience relief from withdrawal symptoms, establish a clear mindset, and be well enough to transition into the residential prescription painkiller abuse rehab center at Youth Care.
Long-Term Benefits of Detox for Prescription Painkiller Addiction
If an adolescent or teen fails to obtain care to defeat a prescription painkiller addiction, they are likely going to keep abusing these substances. Furthermore, if a young person obtains treatment but does not go through detox, there is a greater risk for relapse. For these reasons, it is beneficial for an adolescent or teen who is addicted to prescription painkillers to obtain detox prior to engaging in other kinds of treatment, to break free from this chemical dependency.
By engaging in detoxification services, not only will an adolescent’s or teen’s withdrawal symptoms be reduced, but they will be able to put all of their attention on getting better. Since a prescription painkiller addiction can cause an adolescent or teen to develop priorities that surround substance abuse, detox can be effective in helping them to adjust those priorities to support recovery, and to develop the skills needed to keep from the use of these medications in the future.
At Youth Care Treatment Center in Utah, we know what it takes to defeat an addiction to painkillers, and we are proud to offer the support, services, and guidance that your adolescent or teen needs in order to reclaim control of their life. Therefore, if a young person in your life is looking to overcome this type of chemical dependence, we ask that you reach out to us today to learn more about our effective, comprehensive prescription painkiller abuse rehab. We are pleased to offer detox referrals in the Utah area, and to assist with the seamless transition into care at our treatment center after the detox program is complete.