Painkiller addiction rehabilitation - What do painkillers do?
Painkillers are powerful pain relievers that can come in many different forms. Illegal painkillers, such as heroin, produce feelings of euphoria and tranquillity as well as having very strong anaesthetic properties, which can make these drugs highly addictive. Prescription painkillers, such as fentanyl, codeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone and morphine are typically prescribed by a trained medical professional in order to offer pain relief following an operation or injury. However, like heroin, prescription painkillers are also highly addictive and can lead to dependency.
Depending on the type of painkiller that is being abused, these substances can be consumed in a number of different ways including injecting, smoking, snorting and swallowing in tablet form.
Without intensive, specialist treatment, painkiller addiction can result in a whole host of long-term problems, affecting you physically, mentally, professionally and socially, and having a profoundly negative impact on your health, wellbeing and quality of life. In addition, the risk of fatally overdosing on painkillers is very real, and this risk increases as tolerance to the drug builds over time, meaning that individuals need to consume more and more of the drug to achieve the desired effects.
However, the good news is that painkiller addiction is treatable and it’s possible for you to make a full recovery. The most important first step is to seek the expert support you need.
Treatment for painkiller addiction in Southampton
At Manor Clinic, we are able to offer high quality treatment and rehabilitation to individuals who are struggling with a painkiller addiction. Our specialist team, consisting of highly qualified experts, are committed to helping our patients every step of the way towards overcoming their dangerous painkiller addiction and returning to the healthy and fulfilling life that they deserve.
We understand that one of the most difficult steps in the addiction treatment journey is admitting that you have a problem and seeking support. That’s why we are pleased to offer a free, no obligation addiction assessment at Manor Clinic. This provides you with a chance to meet face-to-face with a member of our expert team, discuss your individual challenges in a confidential and highly supportive environment, ask any questions that you have on Manor Clinic’s treatment approach, and begin to develop an understanding of the journey that you could be taking towards recovery and wellbeing.
The first step in the painkiller addiction treatment programme at Manor Clinic may be for you to undergo a medically assisted withdrawal detoxification (detox) process, if this is deemed as being appropriate for you. During detox, all traces of painkiller will be removed from your system in a carefully controlled, medical environment, whilst managing any unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that you experience when you no longer have these drugs in your body.
Painkiller detox involves:
- Round-the-clock clinical support from experienced professionals who will ensure that your safety is a top priority
- A substance-free environment to prevent the possibility of relapse
- Controlled medication can be prescribed if required, to help to alleviate any discomfort that you may experience as part of the withdrawal process
The aim of detox is to help you become physically stable so that you are then able to commence with our intensive programme of addiction therapy. We use a range of tried and tested techniques, empowering you to address the underlying triggers for your addictive behaviours, improve your sense of self-worth, learn healthy coping strategies for the future and take steps towards an addiction-free life.
An expert painkiller addiction treatment team
Our highly skilled team at Manor Clinic, all of whom have extensive experience in treating painkiller addiction, are dedicated to delivering a comprehensive treatment experience to each and every one of our patients. Our expert approach ensures that your treatment journey is person-centred in order to foster the best possible outcomes for you.
Our experts are committed to remaining up to date with the very latest thinking in the field of addiction treatment, use evidence-based treatment approaches, and ensure that their practice adheres to robust National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines. Not only do we help you to overcome the physical side of your painkiller addiction, we will also equip you with effective coping mechanisms, helping you to stay sober and healthy in the future.
Seek support for your painkiller addiction today
Without specialist support, your painkiller addiction has the potential to become gradually worse over time, leading to untold problems in all areas of your life. It’s also possible for untreated painkiller addiction to lead to additional challenges, whether that’s the development of another form of substance addiction, including alcohol and other drugs, a behavioural addiction such as gambling, or mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. That’s why it’s absolutely crucial that you seek help in a timely manner. The sooner you reach out for support, the more likely you are to be able to overcome your addiction and any co-occurring problems, and take steps towards a healthy future.
How do we treat painkiller addiction at Manor Clinic?
Painkiller addiction rehabilitation takes place as part of an intensive residential treatment programme at Manor Clinic. 28 days is the recommended length of time needed to undergo addiction treatment, and this is our most comprehensive and popular option. In addition, patients are encouraged to stay with us for longer than 28 days if this is deemed as being beneficial for their wellbeing and long-term recovery.
However, it’s also possible for us to offer other treatment lengths, if appropriate. These include:
- 7-day detox
- 14-day treatment programme
- 21-day treatment programme
For more information on what each of our residential treatment programmes entails, please visit our residential treatment page.
Painkiller addiction treatment at Manor Clinic is based on the 12-Step addiction treatment approach. The 12-Step model provides a set of guiding principles for the addiction rehab journey, and focuses upon an individual’s motivation to change their destructive behaviours.
Our leading 28-day painkiller Addiction Treatment Programme consists of:
- Free, no obligation addiction assessment - book your appointment today
- Comprehensive medically assisted withdrawal detoxification for your painkiller addiction
- Structured group therapy programme
- A specialist family programme
- Access to 12-Step support groups
- Free aftercare for life following treatment
- Free family support for life following treatment
For more information on the painkiller addiction treatment that we offer at Manor Clinic, as well as the type of therapy that is involved, please visit our approach to addiction treatment page.
What are the most common signs and symptoms of painkiller addiction?
As well as consuming painkiller on a regular and ongoing basis, the following are some of the most common symptoms of opioid dependency:
- Visiting multiple doctors in an attempt to obtain several prescriptions for painkillers
- Stealing or ‘borrowing’ painkillers
- Continuing to take prescription painkillers even after the pain for which they were prescribed has subsided
- Focusing more and more time on obtaining, using and recovering from the effects of painkillers
- Feeling as though painkillers have taken over your life
- Feeling as though you want to stop taking painkillers but finding that you are unable to do so
- Feelings of shame, guilt and hopelessness
- Intense mood swings
- Taking painkillers when it is clearly dangerous to do so e.g. before driving
- Continuing to use painkillers even when you have experienced negative repercussions as a result
- Lying to loved ones about the extent of your painkiller use
- Social withdrawal
- Finding that you only tend to associate with other drug addicts
- Possessing syringes, needles, and other paraphernalia related to injecting painkiller drugs
- Developing a tolerance to painkillers, meaning that you need to take more of the drug, and with increasing frequency, in order to feel the desired effects
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms if you haven’t taken painkillers for a certain amount of time or try to cut back on the amount of the drug that you are using
- Persistent flu-like symptoms
- Bruised or scabbed skin
- Unintentional weight loss
- Financial difficulties as a result of spending lots of money on painkillers
- Legal problems including arrest and imprisonment
Read more about the signs and symptoms of painkiller addiction.
This page was reviewed by Sarina Wheatman (FDAP) in October 2019 and is scheduled to be reviewed again in October 2021.
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