Patients substitute one medical problem for another when an addiction to painkillers arise. Overtime users become tolerant to painkillers meaning more of the drug is required in order to feel the desired ‘high’. Painkiller addiction invariably means opioid addiction. Heroin and methadone are in fact opioid-based drugs. Breaking free from opioid-based painkillers addiction often requires much more than mere willpower. This is because a number of chemical changes take place in the brain when users become hooked.

Typical painkiller addictions we treat

Opioid-based painkiller addictions we treat includes:

  • Codeine addiction
  • Methadone addiction
  • Dilaudid addiction
  • Fentanyl addiction
  • OxyCodin addiction
  • Norco addiction
  • Hydrocodone addiction
  • Demerol addiction

How our painkiller rehabilitation programme works

Our painkiller rehabilitation programme requires patients to move into our centre for the duration of treatment. This means the ‘triggers of addiction’ are made unavailable. For instance patients have no access to painkillers during detoxification and subsequent psychological treatment.

Painkiller detoxification programme

Once your painkiller rehabilitation programme begins you will be subject to initial detoxification where painkillers are cleansed from your system. During this period you receive 24-hour day medical attention where withdrawal symptoms are closely monitored. You may be offered ‘opiate receptor antagonists’ such as Subutex and Naltrexone which ease otherwise unbearable physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms.

Common withdrawal symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms associated with painkiller detoxification includes:

  • Confusion
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety

What happens after detoxification?

Withdrawal symptoms are capable of lasting for up to 15 days from when painkillers were last consumed. Once you begin to stabilise you will begin to take part in therapy sessions. During therapy the psychological aspects of painkiller addiction will be treated. Coping strategies will be taught in groups and one-on-one sessions with a qualified counsellor.

Once rehabilitation draws to a conclusion a relapse prevention strategy will be drawn up. After-care services will be available up to 12 months after you leave our centre. We also encourage patients to engage local Narcotics Anonymous groups in their area.

For quick access to painkiller rehabilitation call Ocean Recovery today

Address: Ocean Recovery Centre, 94 Queens Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire FY2 9NS

Landline: 0125 353 0553