While you can go through withdrawal at home, it’s not easy. You’ll be in deep discomfort, and you’ll know that drugs are right around the corner.
A supervised detox program is different. You’ll be in a supervised environment away from all drugs, and you’ll have prescription medications that can keep you comfortable.
Prescription medications like buprenorphine and methadone mimic the action of oxycodone. All of these substances are structurally similar, and they work on the same parts of the body.
But withdrawal drugs don’t cause euphoria, and they tend to linger within the body with a slow onset of action. Take them, and you’ll feel normal, not high.
Prescription medications might shorten how long you spend in detox. Researchers say, for example, that methadone withdrawal can be completed in as little as seven days. Buprenorphine withdrawals can be completed in the same timeframe.
But these medications are offered on a tapering schedule. You get a smaller dose each day, and if you feel sick, the team gives you more to keep you comfortable. It can take you much longer to detox with medications, depending on your body chemistry.
Some people worry about taking buprenorphine and methadone, as these drugs are opioids. There is another option.
In 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new medication that can ease physical symptoms of withdrawal. Originally, the medication was used to help with high blood pressure symptoms. But now, says the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the medication has been shown to help people stay comfortable during withdrawal.
Your team may use some or all of these drugs to help you heal in detox. In addition, you’ll have access to other help, including:
- Personalized meal plans. Inpatient programs offer you three meals a day, plus plenty of snacks. A team can craft a diet that soothes your digestive system and helps you regain your strength.
- Therapeutic massage. Sore muscles might feel better with gentle touch. Some programs offer this amenity.
- Controlling your breathing and placing your brain in control of your body is a big part of withdrawal. Yoga can help with that.
- You might not feel like talking about your addiction in detail, but your team can use therapy techniques to keep you involved in treatment so you won’t drop out.
Inpatient detox programs can’t be described as “fun.” They are filled with hard work, and most people who enroll in them are uncomfortable at least some of the time. But the help you get here could be just what you need to leave an oxycodone addiction behind for good.