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MY DOCTOR STOPPED MY PRESCRIPTION FOR MY PAIN MEDICATION

Pain patients are being cut off from their drugs. Pain management doctors are refusing to fill their patients prescriptions and cutting them off cold turkey.

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Many people experience severe pain related to injury or surgery. Patients who are suffering can be prescribed a vast spectrum of pharmaceutical aids including hydrocodone, oxycodone, and hydromorphone (Morphine) by their doctors, surgeons, or pain management clinics.

Unfortunately, even patients who have never had any substance abuse or addiction problems will most likely become physically dependent on opioids while managing their pain.

The only solution to stopping pain pills is to medically detox.

LIFE ON OPIOIDS IS NOT LIVING.
Take your life back and detox from pain medication.

If you feel like life revolves around the next dose of medication, afraid of getting “cut off”, or if you are trying desperately to cut back or go just a little longer between doses and are experiencing detox symptoms; reach out for help! You are not alone. Scottsdale Detox has specially tailored programs for a safe and comfortable detox from pain medications.

Healing begins here.

WHY ARE DOCTORS CUTTING PATIENTS OFF OF THEIR LEGALLY PRESCRIBED DRUGS?

With increasing opioid use disorders, overdose, and deaths the drug enforcement agency, CDC and governmental agencies came together to design tighter controls over opiate prescriptions. As a result of the new recommendations, many doctors are stopping their patient's prescriptions with little or no warning and no instructions on how to handle the withdrawals.

These controls impacted physicians providing opiate prescriptions. 1 As a result providers started asking patients to sign “opioid contracts” or “pain contracts,” patients agree to random urine drug screens, opioid pill counts, and other conditions. Violation of the terms resulted in patients being cut off by that medical professional. Other providers began to “clear their books” of patients on existing opiate medication, by referring them to “pain management” doctors. Even more doctors have conversations asking patient to start tapering their pain medication on their own. This situation places all the responsibility on the patient and often the patient is unable to taper properly due to the body going into withdraw.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU HAVE BEEN CUT-OFF BY YOUR PHYSICIAN?

The answer to this growing problem is simple; Patients need to medically detox from the opioids. If you've been taking opioids, your body has become physically dependent on them and you need to detox your body from them to stop the dependency. Medical detoxification safely manages the acute physical symptoms of withdrawal associated with stopping drug use. It is a simple process that few people know is necessary when stopping opioids.

WHY DO YOU NEED TO DETOX?

If you've just been cut off, your body is currently addicted (physically dependant) on these drugs.

The use of opiates prescribed by a doctor for surgery or post injury is only ever intended for short term use. Extended use will most certainly cause a person to become physically dependent. What is even more staggering is that dependence can happen within as little as 5 days. When a person uses opiates for long periods, physical dependence is inevitable. Stopping opiates suddenly or tapering yourself can be a dangerous and very painful process. Going through a medical detox gives you a safe a comfortable option to regain your independence again.

WHAT IS MEDICAL DETOX?

Medical detox is the critical first step in freeing yourself from a drug addiction/dependence. It is a place which provides a safe and comfortable environment to detox.

During medical detox, you will:

    • Be under the direct supervision of a Medical Doctor and his team of Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses
    • Have close monitoring for safety
    • A medical protocol designed to address you as a person (Many people have co-occurring medical consideration which must be taken in consideration).
    • Receive detox medications

IT'S ALL TOO COMMON

"Over the years I have worked with many patients detoxing from substances. They each have a unique story and everyone’s situation is very different. One patient in particular stands out in my mind from early in my career.

She was a 62 year old who never drank or used a drug in her entire life. On her 60th birthday she was involved in a very traumatic car accident. This accident changed her life and did tremendous long term damage to her body. At the same time she also developed ulcerative colitis.

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She had been seeing a pain doctor monthly for over two years. He put her on 60mgs morphine sulfate which she took for 2 years under her doctors care. Out of blue her doctor told her from now on he is not seeing any more pain patients and he would refer her to a pain doctor. The referral was not able to take her on for 2 months. She continue to search for other pain management doctors but wasn't able to find one quickly to renew her prescription.

Her worst nightmare began she ran out of her medication and started to feel the  "horrific" nausea, anxiety, insomnia and diarrhea of cold turkey opioid withdrawal alone at home. She felt abandoned and terrified. Desperate to make the pain stop she began to use her friends prescriptions to avoid being sick. This quickly progressed to her finding someone who could give her fentanyl. Her use of street fentanyl continued until her family intervened and convinced her to go to a medical detox.

She was one of my patients for a week. I saw how sacred she was and upset she let it get to this. We detoxed her over a week period and set her up with aftercare to address the chronic pain without the use of opioids. It is bittersweet to see the success of this patient, when I know there are hundreds more out there that don’t know they have other options."

– Melanie French, RN at Scottsdale Detox

THE MEDICAL DETOX PROCESS

The process can take 3-7 days.  At the end of the process you will be medically detoxed, meaning your body is no longer dependent on the substance.

Here is a brief overview of the detox process:

  • The Detox

    First you will be assessed by the Registered Nurse and doctors orders will be obtained to begin your treatment.

    You will be assessed by the doctor and/or nurse practitioner every day. Orders are adjusted daily depending the patients response to treatment. Our tapers and protocols are designed to minimize the painful and dangerous effects of stopping medications and/or alcohol.

  • After Care Prep

    After your medical detox body is no longer dependent on the substance, however, it is also important to address the mental component.

    During time in our facility, all patients are also set up to meet with our Clinical Director. She will assist all patients in setting up after care. After care is the next step in the healing process. This may be a therapist, intensive outpatient, community meetings and/or a variety of customizable options.

  • After Care

    When you are discharged, you will leave with your after care plan. 

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR DETOX

We have many patients call and ask this questions. We hope the following faq can assist you.

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WILL I STILL BE IN PAIN?

One of the biggest obstacles for patient to entering a detox facility is “how will my pain be addressed after I detox.” SDC’s medical and clinical team assist in setting up aftercare so pain can be managed without the use of opiates post detox. Detox is the first step, after that a care plan needs to be developed. We have referred many of our patients to post detox facilities which specialize in addressing pain.

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Be your own advocate and properly detox after use of pain medications.

Not sure if you need to detox? If you answer yes to any of the following you may need a medical detox from your pain medication.

  • Are you using opioids for Nonmedical Reasons?
  • Are you self medicating or not following the dosage guidelines?
  • Are you increasing the dosing to address the pain (tolerance)?
  • Are you taking the medication via smoking or injecting?
  • Are you isolating from friends and family?
  • Are you experiencing work or legal problems?

If you are unsure at all about if you need medical detox, please call us today for a free, confidential consultation. 

LIFE ON OPIOIDS IS NOT LIVING.
Take your life back and detox from pain medication.

If you've been cut off, or you are ready to quit. Call us to schedule your detox. We do accept reservations, but we recommend calling us as soon as possible to make arrangements.

Scottsdale Detox sees many patients who have been in this situation. Injured, placed on pain medication, cut off abruptly... and many now using fentanyl. They have never had any substance abuse issues in the past, but now find themselves physically addicted and in need of detox.

If you feel like life revolves around the next dose of medication, afraid of getting “cut off”, or if you are trying desperately to cut back or go just a little longer between doses and are experiencing detox symptoms; reach out for help! You are not alone. Scottsdale Detox has specially tailored programs for a safe and comfortable detox from pain medications.

HEALING BEGINS HERE.

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Struggling with addiction is hard enough, and trying to do it alone is practically impossible. Misuse of drugs or alcohol hides the underlying causes of your addiction and these will continue to disrupt your life until they are uncovered and addressed.

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We can help detox you from Prescription Medications, such as:

  • Barbiturates (Amytal, Nembutal, Seconal, Phenobarbital; barbs, reds, red birds, phennies, tooies, yellows, yellow jackets)
  • Benzodiazepines (Ativan, Halcion, Librium, Valium, Xanax; candy, downers, sleeping pills, tranks)
  • Sleep Medications (Ambien (zolpidem), Sonata (zaleplon), Lunesta (eszopiclone); forget-me pill, Mexican Valium, R2, Roche, roofies, roofinol, rope, rophies)
  • Opioid Pain Relievers, such as:
  • Codeine (Empirin with Codeine, Fiorinal with Codeine, Robitussin A-C, Tylenol with Codeine; Captain Cody, Cody, schoolboy; (with glutethimide: doors & fours, loads, pancakes and syrup)
  • Morphine (Roxanol, Duramorph; M, Miss Emma, monkey, white stuff)
  • Methadone (Methadose, Dolophine; fizzies, amidone, with MDMA: chocolate chip cookies)
  • Analogs (Actiq, Duragesic, Sublimaze; Apache, China girl, China white, dance fever, friend, goodfella, jackpot, murder 8, TNT, Tango and Cash)
  • Other Opioid Pain Relievers, such as: Oxycodone HCL, Hydrocodone Bitartrate Hydromorphone, Oxymorphone, Meperidine, Propoxyphene (Tylox, Oxycontin, Percodan, Percocet: Oxy, O.C., oxycotton, oxycet, hillbillyheroin, percs, Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet; Vike, Watson-387 Dilaudid; juice, smack, D, footballs, dillies, Opana, Numporphan, Numorphone; biscuits, blue heaven, blues, Mrs. O, octagons, stop signs, O bomb, Demerol, meperidine, hydrochloride; demmies, pain killer, Darvon, Darvocet)

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