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A Rising Demand for Painkiller Detox

Prescription opioid painkillers bear a lot of the blame for the opioid epidemic in the United States. The growth in their use is behind the increase in demand for painkiller detox services. Heroin has been around for more than 100 years and morphine is even older, so opioid addiction isn’t new. Painkillers are not new either. But a push by pharmaceutical companies in the 1990s helped widen their use considerably. Many people find themselves addicted to painkillers through no fault of their own. Prescribed these medicines for chronic pain or following an injury or surgery, they may take them as prescribed for weeks or even months. One day, for whatever reason, they take more than they are prescribed. Maybe their tolerance has grown and their pain is returning.


Perhaps they notice their mood improves for a few hours when they take them and a stressful event prompts them to take a bit extra. Whatever the reason may be, it happens quite often and soon the need for a painkiller detox enters the picture. Of course, you don’t have to deviate from your prescription to need a painkiller detox. If you take opioids for more than a couple of weeks, you will have some physical withdrawal symptoms when you suddenly stop. That is a fact. It’s simple biology. Many people enter a painkiller detox following months of narcotic pain management, after taking their medication exactly as prescribed. Because stopping painkillers is challenging and the higher the dose you’re on, the tougher it can be. With a medical detox at a TruHealing Centers facility however, the vast majority of the discomfort can be avoided.


Painkiller Withdrawal Symptoms May Include:

  • Muscle aches and cramping
  • Watery eyes
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Frequent yawning
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • High blood pressure
  • Sweatiness
  • Insomnia

The Necessity of Painkiller Detox

The bottom line is a clinical detox from painkillers is sometimes medically necessary. Even when it isn’t an absolute medical necessity, it’s always the easiest and most practical way for someone to get off of painkillers, if they have the option. Sudden cessation or even a rapid decline in dose of opioid painkillers will bring with it some pretty unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. People using prescription opioids often find the withdrawal symptoms intolerable when attempting to detox off opioids at home. These attempts are also rarely successful. It’s hard enough to stop but staying stopped is often the bigger challenge. TruHealing Centers has considerable experience with detoxing people from prescription painkillers at our facilities. For the sake of safety as well as comfort, a medically supervised prescription painkiller detox is almost always the best course of action. Whenever possible, follow the detox up with further treatment. Regardless of how a person becomes dependent on opioid pain medications, they will benefit from addiction treatment and education. It also happens to be the best way to avoid relapse, which is a risk for anyone no matter how much willpower or integrity they may have. The wisest course of action for most people wrestling with painkiller addiction is to get an inpatient painkiller detox followed by at least 30 days of addiction treatment.


Advantages of Painkiller Detox at TruHealing Centers:

  • The safety and security of 24-hour detox nurses on duty for observation.
  • Medications to ensure clients are able to sleep and rest comfortably.
  • Counseling and therapy are available as soon as the client is willing and ready.
  • Careful detox protocol prevents most withdrawal symptoms before they can occur.
  • Additional addiction treatment is available at TruHealing Centers for continuity of care.

Which Medications Require a Painkiller Detox?

There is a fairly long list of prescription drugs which are abused in the U.S. The primary category we will focus on here are opioids painkillers. The reality is suddenly stopping any prescription opioid painkiller after using it for as little as 10 days will result in some withdrawal symptoms. How severe the withdrawal symptoms are will depend on a number of factors, but the most significant are the amount and potency of the painkiller, how long you have been taking it for (i.e. weeks, months, years?) and any other health conditions you may have. The point of a painkiller detox is both comfort and safety, but the overall reasons for treatment go deeper. Once you have been through painkiller addiction and come through the other side, you’re not ever going to want to repeat it.


If you’re like most people, you will make yourself a solemn promise never to touch the stuff again. You will tell your friends and loved ones that you’re done for good. But, if you are indeed like most people, you will need something more than just painkiller detox to help you build a defense against relapse that will stand the test of time. That’s where the rest of the treatment program enters the frame. If you are a pain management client, rest assured that your pain will not go untreated here. TruHealing Centers is well-versed in the application of the new class of highly effective non-narcotic pain management options.

Below you will find a list of most of the medications we see people seeking a painkiller detox for. This is by no means a complete list of prescription drugs which are abused, but it is more thorough than most. If you or someone you love is dependent on any of the drugs on the lists below, TruHealing Centers can help you stop the cycle of addiction with opioid painkiller detox and treatment.



  • Oxycodone (Percocet, OxyContin, Percodan, Tylox)
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab, Xodol, Zohydro)
  • Morphine (MSContin, Kadian, Avinza)
  • Oxymorphone (Opana)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic, Sublimaze)
  • Codeine (Tylenol 3, Antituss AC)
  • Methadone

TruHealing Centers: A Trusted Partner

TruHealing Centers is dedicated to helping people living with substance use disorders. We are also proactive in supplying information and resources to people with addiction and their families. TruHealing Centers believes that education is an essential part of the solution when it comes to combating addiction. Our mission is to help people recover from substance use disorders, find and treat co-occurring disorders and help foster long-term recovery. TruHealing Centers is more than a healthcare provider. We’re a partner for recovery. We are ready to give you or your loved one everything they need for successful recovery. All that’s needed to begin is enough willingness to try


You Don’t Have To Go It Alone

If you or a loved one would like more information on painkiller detox and treatment for painkiller addiction, TruHealing Center can help. Contact us today to discuss your treatment options with an addiction treatment specialist. 

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