Painkiller Treatment Program
The painkiller treatment program at Hickory Trail is lead by our team of professionals, including psychiatrists, nurses and therapists, who help clients recover in our secure, confidential, therapeutic environment.
Opiates and their Effects
- Opiates are a class of drugs that including heroin and pain killers. Some examples of pain medications are: hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine, morphine, oxycodone, methadone, Percocet and Demerol
- Opiates are drugs that relieve pain but can also cause an addictive euphoria, or "high."
Developing an addiction
- Regular use of opiates can lead to an addiction. Addiction occurs when someone increases opiate use to a point where it is incredibly difficult to stop, resulting in painful withdrawal symptoms. Addiction dramatically changes one's behavior, resulting in compulsive behavior, unmanageable mood changes and continued use despite experiencing negative consequences.
- Difficulty sleeping
- Nausea and vomiting
- Anxiety and irritability
- Muscle aches
Breakthrough treatments are available, such as Suboxone, a medication that is used to help patients through withdrawal.
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