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Many people are afraid of what is going to happen to them if they suddenly stop taking pain medications that contain hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, fentanyl, methadone, and buprenorphine. Feeling sick and off balance when one suddenly stops using or doing something is not exclusive to the opioid medications, but opioid withdrawals are the most common form of withdrawal symptoms facing Americans today. Let’s answer some questions that might be on your mind.
What are withdrawals?
Withdrawal symptoms are what your body feels when something that is used or done is suddenly stopped. Your mind starts screaming, “Hey, what just happened here?! I was kind of used to that and I want it back!” This physical feeling can occur if you suddenly stop drinking coffee, stop exercising or stop taking pills. If you suddenly stop something, you might feel some withdrawal symptoms.
Will I feel withdrawals if I stop taking my pills?
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We've known for a long time that if you're going to stop taking opioids, it's usually best to taper off gradually to prevent severe withdrawal symptoms. But now, there's another very good reason not to abruptly stop taking opioid medications – it can actually increase your sensitivity to pain. A recent study conducted by the Department of Neurophysiology at the Center for Brain Research at the Medical University of Vienna in Austria has found that the sudden withdrawal of opioids leads to the long-term activation of pain impulses being sent to the brain. It creates a kind of memory trace in the pain system. They knew that sustained pain can set up a cycle of increased pain sensitivity, but the researchers were surprised to discover that the abrupt withdrawal of opioids does something very similar by increasing the concentration of calcium ions in the nerve cells of the spinal cord. On the positive side, the research team also discovered that i...
Treatment for Alcoholism There are many options for treatment for alcohol use disorders. They depend in part on the severity of the patients drinking. Treatment options include: Behavioral therapy, which may include individual sessions with a health professional and support groups Medications Guidelines encourage primary care doctors to do brief intervention to help patients who are alcohol abusers (but who may not yet be alcohol dependent) reduce or stop their drinking. In these interventions, your doctor may give you an action plan for working on your drinking, ask you to keep a daily diary of how much alcohol you consume, and recommend for you target goals for your drinking. If your doctor thinks that you have reached the stage of alcoholism, he or she may recommend anti-craving or aversion medication and also refer you to other health care professionals for substance abuse services. Overall Treatment Goals The ideal goal of long-term treatment for alcohol dependence is total abstinence. ...
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