Demerol Detox

Demerol Addiction Detox

At some point in time, almost everyone will require surgery or a hospital stay. Whether wisdom teeth are causing problems, you broke your arm, or you are facing an appendectomy for appendicitis, overcoming pain is a part of life. During time spent in the hospital, many doctors prescribe pain relievers after surgery or other procedures. Designed to address short-term pain during your stay or for a limited time after, these medications are not intended for continual use. However, for many, a few weeks of prescriptions can easily turn into a lifetime of pain.

Demerol is the trade name for Meperidine, a narcotic analgesic prescribed to treat pain in a hospital setting. While now less frequently used than its newer counterparts, like morphine or oxycodone, Demerol is still used in labor and delivery settings. As a strong opioid, it is often addictive, with long-term use transforming into a psychological and physical dependency. The increase in prescriptions [1] in the U.S. has lead to a near-epidemic of addiction cases, creating serious issues across the country resulting in cases of Demerol addiction for example.

If you or someone you love is abusing Demerol, professional help is critical. With tools and techniques to break the cycle of addiction, an inpatient rehab facility is the best possible way to restore the freedoms of daily life. At our state-of-the-art rehabilitation center, we are prepared to offer you the support you need to get clean and stay clean.

Call 513-909-2225 today to get started on the journey to end your Demerol addiction. Our intake counselors are always available, 24/7

What Is Demerol?

Almost exclusively found in hospital settings, Demerol is a Schedule II substance due to its highly addictive qualities. Most often prescribed after surgeries to mitigate pain, most patients do not take Demerol for more than a few days. However, the intoxicating high can be thrilling, providing a highly desired feeling many longer term users are eager to experience again. This is the start of the addiction cycle.

Demerol is available both in tablet and liquid form. Most hospital prescriptions will be administered via IV, while pharmacies are more likely to offer tablets. When ingested, either orally or intravenously, Demerol triggers the release of molecules that attach to the opioid receptors within the central nervous system, dulling sensations of pain.

While primarily located in the brain, opioid receptors can also be found elsewhere throughout the limbic system. Demerol targets the brainstem, which alleviates coughing and slows breathing, the spinal cord, which releases pain throughout the body, and the brain itself, resulting in feelings of pleasure and contentment.

Demerol Addiction

As an opioid, Demerol is extremely addictive. Dependency is possible very quickly, leading to careful monitoring while in a hospital setting. However, even responsible use as approved by doctors can lead to addiction.

In most hospitalized patients who require access to Demerol over a longer period of time, an addiction starts slowly. With continual dosages, a tolerance develops, in which patients require more Demerol to feel the same pleasing effects. This tolerance leads to a physical requirement with a strong mental component.

For prescription pain killers, the definition of abuse extends to any non-medical or non-prescribed use. Most Demerol addicts fall into this category, as long-term use is virtually never endorsed by medical professionals. Abusing Demerol amplifies its natural effects, providing a euphoric, intoxicating rush that is often the driver for continued use.

Due to the regulated nature of Demerol, most patients who find themselves addicted will not be able to refill prescriptions in order to obtain additional drugs. Instead, in order to feed addictions without waiting for a response from a physician, many addicts purchase Demerol illegally on the street, where it is known as D, Dillies, Juice, or Dust. Demerol pills, while designed to be ingested orally, are often chewed, crushed and snorted, or dissolved and water and injected to trigger a faster, more intense high.

Signs of Demerol Addiction

Individuals addicted to Demerol often display behavioral signs, indicating the presence of a dependency. Those who have been abusing Demerol may appear high frequently, accompanied by intense mood swings, unremitting anxiety, agitation, and irritation. Those addicted to Demerol may also lose control of elements in their personal lives, like career and family. Due the life-altering nature of addiction, addicts may lose their jobs, face divorce, and show signs of dark or depressive thought patterns.

In addition, drug-seeking tactics will likely become clear, including:

  • Making doctor appointments specifically to request Demerol
  • Purchasing drugs illegally on the street
  • Forging Demerol prescriptions
  • Shopping doctors and medical facilities to find those willing to prescribe Demerol
  • Theft of Demerol from friends and family or cash to use to buy pills illegally
  • Self-injury and frequent emergency room trips in search of Demerol

Any of these signs is cause for concern, as they indicate an unstoppable drive to seek drugs at all costs. Drug-seeking behaviors often indicate an addiction that is starting to spiral out of control, and without interference, the consequences may become serious.

If you notice these symptoms in yourself or others, please contact us today at 513-909-2225 to learn more about an accredited, licensed rehabilitation facility.

Dangers of Demerol

Demerol is both extremely addictive and extremely dangerous. In abusers who purchase drugs illegally or regularly increase dosages to intensify the high sensation that opioids provide, risk for overdose is high. Unlike benzos or other mood stabilizers, Demerol can be fatal when taken in large doses, putting your life and physical well-being at risk.

The side effects of a Demerol overdose include:

  • Drowsiness and black-outs
  • Stupor
  • Muscle weakness
  • Hypothermia
  • Clammy, cold skin
  • Coma
  • Death

Over 20,000 individuals died from accidental pain killer overdose in 2015 [2].

One Demerol overdose is too many. To avoid putting your life in danger, please contact us today about entering a Demerol detox program.

Withdrawal Symptoms

When Demerol isn’t available, many addicts will show signs of withdrawal within 24 hours or less. Most addicts will display these signs when Demerol isn’t immediately available.

Common withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Stomach cramps, nausea, and diarrhea
  • Anxiety, depression, and agitation
  • Runny nose and congestion
  • Insomnia
  • Tremors
  • Restlessness
  • Muscle and bone pain

When prolonged periods of time without drugs trigger extreme withdrawal symptoms, a severe addiction is present. In order to mitigate the pain that comes with withdrawal, a medically-supervised detox is essential to ensure a safe, secure process.

Withdrawal Timelines

In cases of physical addiction, the withdrawal process can be painful and complex. As a strong opioid, Demerol withdrawal can be quite unpleasant.

The First 24 Hours

The onset of withdrawal depends on body chemistry and the severity of addiction, but most addicts begin to see signs between three and 24 hours after their last dose. The first symptoms to appear generally include anxiety and restlessness.

Days Two to Six

Withdrawal symptoms peak over the next few days of withdrawal. Users often feel irritable, paranoid, or fearful, even in normal life situations. Physical symptoms may set in as well, including sweating and muscle weakness. Cravings will be very strong.

Week Two

Symptoms will begin to decrease after the first week of withdrawal and patients will feel more relaxed. Any existing side effects will be mild.

Week Three and Onward

Most addicts will feel comfortable after the first two weeks pass. Cravings may continue, but all physical and mental symptoms should subside. After this point, even those with severe dependencies will be able to function without Demerol.

Why Detox?

Despite the relatively short withdrawal arc, quitting Demerol is anything but easy. The majority of addicts who will try to quit alone will fail, creating a negative pattern that often worsens the cycle of Demerol abuse.

A Demerol detox center is intended to provide resources to simplify recovery, making it much easier to fully withdrawal from Demerol and emerge victorious on the other side. In addition to a restrictive atmosphere that prevents access to drugs, patients are provided with other benefits that can facilitate the recovery process, including:

  • 24/7 access to psychological and medical support from trained professionals
  • Group and individual therapy
  • Nutrition and exercise guidance to promote healthy living
  • Medical assistance to alleviate symptoms and encourage fast detox

Instead of risking temptation, detox forces you to confront your demons in a supportive environment with no way to relapse. Without access to Demerol and a distraction-free location, you will have the opportunity to focus solely on sober living.

Demerol Detox

Withdrawal side effects from Demerol can be quite severe and put patients at risk for seizures, paranoia, and insomnia. In detox, the objective is to simplify the process and help patients to achieve abstinence from drugs as quickly and effectively as possible while minimizing risks to overall well-being.

Demerol detox isn’t one-size-fits-all, and different substance abusers require different measures to guide the recovery process. For some patients, doctors prefer a weaning approach, using declining dosages to gradually remove physical addictions to Demerol without the risks that come with terminating all access. This process can take weeks or months to complete, allowing users to safely control withdrawal symptoms while slowly eliminating dependency.

Inpatient Demerol detox generally doesn’t favor a step-down approach due to the time commitment involved. Instead, inpatient detox usually combines full cessation, or cold turkey, with symptom-easing medications. The two most commonly prescribed are Suboxone and Subutex, both of which contain buprenorphine. Unlike methadone, which is highly addictive, buprenorphine is safer and easier for patients to take while recovering from addiction.

Subatex, the trade name for buprenorphine, is a Schedule III partial opioid antagonist that can block opioid receptors and decrease dependency on drugs like Demerol. During detox, Subatex can keep patients comfortable by suppressing withdrawal symptoms and making it easier to break an addiction to pain killers. Suboxone, the trade name for the combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, is a sublingual film developed to treat opioid addiction. It is often preferred to Subatex due to the addiction of naloxone, which eliminates the euphoric side effects of opioids and curbing cravings dramatically.

With help from medications, most Demerol detox programs can help break addictions in around one week.

Medical Interference in Demerol Detox

Withdrawal from drugs like Demerol can be very severe. While most patients will experience one to two weeks of pain or discomfort, some will have more extreme side effects, like thoughts of suicide, seizures, and extreme paranoia. These symptoms can be life threatening, putting those who choose to detox alone and without assistance in danger.

In a licensed facility, those detoxing from Demerol will work one-on-one with doctors, nurses, and therapists in order to recover in a safe, healthy way. When supervised appropriately, addicts undergoing recovery are able to withstand withdrawal effects with significantly fewer risks to overall health.

As a state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility, we are able to do everything possible to make detox tolerable and effective. With a comprehensive staff of experienced medical professionals, we are dedicated to ensuring every patient receives the care and commitment he or she deserves.

Post-Detox Rehabilitation

Demerol detox is only one part of inpatient rehabilitation. In order to help patients come clean and stay clean, we provide a full range of therapy solutions to build a foundation for a brighter tomorrow.

During rehab, patients have the ability to connect with others who are walking the same path, helping to create a network of peers in a supportive environment. Patients also have the opportunity to experience individual counseling. By working with trained addiction therapists, recovering substance abusers can explore the motivations and drivers behind addiction while learning coping techniques.

Say Goodbye to Addiction

Addiction, an as affliction, does not discriminate. Anyone, no matter creed, age, or prior life experience, can fall victim to the power and lure of opiates and other substances. If you or someone you love has come face to face with Demerol addiction, the time to act is now. With access to the proper resources, it’s not too late to recover.

As a comprehensive facility staffed by trained, committed medical professionals, we are here to make a difference for you and your loved ones. Contact us today at 855-598-3048 to speak with a caring, compassionate intake coordinator who can help you get the assistance regarding your Demerol detox. We are here day and night to take your calls, and all consultations are confidential.

[1] https://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/legislative-activities/testimony-to-congress/2016/americas-addiction-to-opioids-heroin-prescription-drug-abuse

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