Prescription Medication Detox Program for Veterans

Just because a drug is prescribed by a doctor doesn’t mean that it cannot be abused. We believe every veteran should receive the best possible care and assistance as they proceed on their road to recovery from prescription drug abuse. Veterans' unique requirements are addressed by our comprehensive prescription medication detox program, which offers them the instruments, direction, and resources required to achieve long-term sobriety. We are committed to assisting veterans to reclaim control over their life and set off on a path to improved health and well-being.

Types of Prescription Medications

Prescription medications encompass a wide range of drugs that are legally obtained and prescribed by healthcare professionals to treat various medical conditions. It is essential to comprehend the many categories of prescription drugs when it comes to detoxification and rehabilitation, especially considering how different these substances can be.

Prescription drug types include:

  • Pain medications: For veterans who may have suffered injuries or deal with chronic pain, pain treatment is crucial. For pain relief, opioids, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine, are frequently recommended. However, if not adequately monitored and controlled, these drugs might result in dependence and addiction.
  • Sedatives and tranquilizers: To treat anxiety, insomnia, and other sleep problems, sedatives like benzodiazepines (e.g., Xanax, Valium) and sleep aids (e.g., Ambien) are recommended. While they may be quick-acting, frequent use or abuse of these drugs can lead to dependence and withdrawal symptoms.
  • Stimulants: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and some sleep disturbances are treated with stimulant drugs, such as amphetamines (Adderall) and methylphenidate (Ritalin). Stimulants can cause addiction and other negative effects when used improperly or without a prescription.
  • Antidepressants: To treat depression, anxiety disorders, and other mental health diseases, antidepressant drugs, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), are frequently prescribed. Although these drugs are not frequently linked to addiction, some people may experience dependency or withdrawal symptoms if they stop using them.
  • Other prescription medications: There are several more classes of prescription drugs, including antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, anti-seizure drugs, and others. These prescription drugs should be closely watched during the detoxification process because they are used to treat particular mental health disorders.

As different as these medications are from one another, they all share the potential to result in physical dependence and withdrawal. Being able to anticipate and address the symptoms of withdrawal is especially crucial.

Prescription Drug Withdrawal Symptoms

When people become reliant on prescription drugs, stopping or cutting back on their use might cause withdrawal symptoms. The severity and duration of prescription drug withdrawal symptoms might vary depending on the pharmaceutical type, dose, frequency of usage, and individual characteristics. We understand the need to recognize and manage these withdrawal symptoms throughout the detoxification process at Banyan's Veterans in Recovery.

Typical withdrawal symptoms of prescription drugs include:

  • Physical symptoms: Physical withdrawal symptoms may present themselves in many ways depending on the pharmaceutical type. For instance, withdrawal symptoms from opioids may include restlessness, sweating, nausea, vomiting, and muscle aches. Tremors, an accelerated heart rate, raised blood pressure, sleeplessness, and seizures are among possible side effects of benzodiazepine withdrawal. Withdrawal from stimulants might make you feel drained, hungry, depressed, and have trouble sleeping.
  • Psychological symptoms: Prescription drug withdrawal can also result in a variety of psychological symptoms. There are various potential symptoms, including worry, irritation, mood changes, agitation, depression, confusion, and trouble focusing. Some people can have strong desires for the drug, which would make the withdrawal process difficult.
  • Rebound effects: Rebound effects are when the symptoms that the medication was initially recommended to treat come back or get worse. An increase in depression symptoms, for instance, may occur in people who stop taking antidepressants. A key part of the detoxification process is comprehending and controlling these rebound effects.

Several variables can affect how long withdrawal from prescription drugs lasts. Acute withdrawal symptoms normally appear a few hours to days after the last dose and usually go away a week or two later. Prolonged or post-acute withdrawal symptoms, on the other hand, might affect certain people and last for several weeks or even months.

Heal With Our Veterans Recovery Program

Our medical staff at Banyan's military rehab center is skilled in providing prescription drug detox that can help clients overcome these challenges. To ensure a secure and comfortable detoxification process, we offer tailored treatment regimens that incorporate medical oversight, medication management, therapy, and support. Our caring staff is committed to assisting veterans in managing withdrawal symptoms, lessening discomfort, and setting the stage for a productive recovery journey.

After completing treatment with our veterans detox programs, clients can move on to the associated addiction recovery programs that can aid them in overcoming the drug use that led them to this position.

To learn more about our options for prescription medication detox and how it can aid in the recovery of you or your loved one, contact Banyan Treatment Centers today.

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