Prescription misuse has unfortunately been on the rise for many years. The reasons for this are varied, though the result is the same. Prescription medications have become more accessible and have become a drug of choice for more people than ever before. When it comes to substance use disorder (SUD), detox is the first stage in recovering from a dependency on or misuse of a prescription stimulant.
Impacts of Prescription Misuse
The body is resilient and can endure an incredible amount of stress. However, it can only handle so much before physical reactions occur. Some physical reactions can be short-lived, while others may be long-term, and even some could be permanent. As with anything that impacts one’s health, it is not only crucial to be aware of changes, but seek medical attention before situations turn into medical emergencies.
Sometimes the person dealing with the medical issue or health consequences may have difficulty identifying the problem. Especially when one is addicted to a prescription drug, understanding the signs of SUD and recognizing that as the issue may seem counterintuitive.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) explains that the health consequences of prescription stimulant misuse “may include paranoia, dangerously high body temperatures, and an irregular heartbeat, especially if stimulants are taken in large doses or in ways other than swallowing a pill.”
When someone is using a prescription that is either not prescribed for them, or they are not using it as prescribed, they are misusing it. If a prescription is taken in large doses, it can lead to catastrophic impacts on one’s health. However the misuse begins, it can lead to a dependence upon the substance, and can eventually lead to deadly repercussions.
In addition to the health consequences listed by SAMHSA, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NID) lists the following additional health effects of the misuse of prescription stimulants:
- Heart failure
All of these impacts on one’s health can seem frightening. This is why it is so crucial to seek support for SUD. This is most important at the detox stage to ensure medical intervention is available when needed. Seeking help is the first step, and a rather vital one.
Detoxing From Prescription Stimulants
Experiencing withdrawals from any substance can be uncomfortable. When going through withdrawals of a controlled substance, the symptoms can have quite an impact on the body. Medical supervision is necessary and medication is occasionally required for the comfort and safety of the client.
Destiny Recovery Center (DRC) notes the following as common detox experiences:
- Nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting
- Body shakes and shivers
- High temperatures/or chills
- Increased heart rate
- Increased blood pressure
- Muscle and bone pain
A distinguishing feature of DRC is its comforting environment. DRC states that detoxing from prescription stimulants takes approximately 4-10 days. Being able to spend that in a setting that feels like home makes the process more comfortable, even if not enjoyable at times.
Knowing one is in good hands helps clients relax a little more while their body heals and adjusts. Having a kind smile, a hand to hold, or someone offering any number of small comforts can be a huge relief for someone who has been struggling for a while.
Treatment After Detox
Being able to transition from detox straight into inpatient treatment is another wonderful benefit of using DRC as one’s treatment center. Allowing clients to experience a safe detox process and then continue treatment with the same team is invaluable when looking for a smooth progression and continuum of care.
Learning to rely on trusted staff during detox and being able to feel comfortable with our compassionate team can promote the most positive results during treatment. Clients are more likely to open up and be honest with staff when they have had a positive detox experience with them.
DRC provides top-quality care throughout the treatment process, promoting a high rate of success for its residents. With consistency from detox through inpatient treatment and then into aftercare, we have created a prosperous recovery program. Understanding the importance of individualized care also makes our program unique. Through personalized care and treatment plans, clients feel supported, and involved in all aspects of their recovery.
Detox is just the beginning of someone’s incredible recovery journey. It is the start of the rest of their new life. Knowing that medical supervision is provided throughout their stay can ease the client’s and their family’s minds. Being in a compassionate environment can reduce anxiety and any apprehensiveness that may have been associated with entering treatment. At DRC, our caring team and inviting atmosphere promote excitement and hope for the future. These factors can help override any fears one may have had prior to joining our program.
Detoxing is the beginning of the amazing journey of recovery, but sometimes it can be intimidating. When detoxing from prescription stimulants, being in a safe environment with medical supervision is extremely important. Having a comfortable home-like setting allows residents to feel as comfortable as possible during detox and throughout treatment. Equipped with optional comfort medication available as needed, the staff is available for medical assistance as well as mental support. Destiny Recovery Center offers support for a healthy detox process, high-quality in-patient treatment, as well as professional after-care services. Rest assured that you or your loved one will be in the best hands here at DRC. Call (909) 413-4304 to see if Destiny Recovery Center is right for you.