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Opiates and opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers have become the single-most dangerous addiction threat in the United States. This is because, on an individual level, they hijack users’ brain-chemistry and disable their ability to make decisions for themselves. These powerful drugs have proven remarkably effective in the treatment of conditions like cancer-related pain; however, their potential for diversion and misuse has led to the single greatest addiction epidemic and public health crisis this nation has ever seen, with tens of thousands dying each year. Opiate and opioid detox is the first step in the treatment process for these potent drugs and is a critical part of recovery.
The opiate and opioid detox process involves expelling the substance abuse-related chemicals from the body. This process is inevitably accompanied by a moderate to severe withdrawal period, some of the symptoms of which may include:
Other symptoms may include fatigue, stomach illness, hyperalgesia, trouble sleeping, headache and migraine, watery eyes, joint and muscle pain and more. The moment you or a loved one start experiencing these symptoms, or any others related to your opioid use, it’s critical that you seek professional opiate or opioid detox.
The legal use of prescription painkillers (opioids) has blurred the lines between acceptable use and abuse. It’s easy for abusers to mask their addictive behavior by hiding behind a physician’s prescription. In the meantime, they’re taking too many pills too often and many are secretly nursing a dependency problem.
When a user starts to experience significant behavioral changes or physical withdrawal symptoms as a result of their opiate and opioid use, they need thorough and comprehensive treatment, beginning with medically supervised detox. It will often be up to loved ones to monitor behavior and step in to offer help if the problem persists.
Our opioid detox program in Lake Worth offers patients a serene, tranquil, safe and comfortable environment while they overcome the worst of the acute withdrawal period. We leverage the warm and inviting tropical climate of Florida to offer one of the most comfortable and effective detox experiences in the industry. Patients are closely monitored by doctors and nurses who are trained to alleviate severe withdrawal symptoms. It’s important to realize, however that long-term opioid withdrawal extends well beyond the initial detox period and can last for even months. There are a variety of medications to help reduce cravings and help mitigate withdrawal symptoms, including buprenorphine, methadone and Vivitrol talk to your doctor or treatment professional to discuss your options.
After patients get their withdrawal symptoms under control and start to regain their lucidity, they should undergo a thorough course of rehab and behavior modification to help them address the root causes and behavioral factors tied to their opioid abuse. Recovery Unplugged offers proven and innovative music-based behavioral rehab to help patients overcome their opioid dependency and live their lives free from substance abuse. Once patients have a behavioral framework to avoid relapse, it becomes considerably easier to stay and clean and rebuild their lives.
Opiate and opioid detox is a legitimate medical procedure that should be administered by an experienced professional. In the case of prescription painkillers, many users think that because they’re legal and regulated, they are not a serious addiction threat. This line of thinking is what ensnares so many into a life of addiction. The effects of prescription opioids mirror those of heroin, and should be taken every bit as seriously. Those who attempt to detox from opiates and opioids on their own face significantly higher risks of relapse than those who rely on a professional.
Medically supervised detox offers expert symptom relief and proactive intervention in the case of a medical emergency. It also gives patients a supportive, sterile and discreet environment to get clean. Recovery Unplugged is ready to provide you or your loved one with comprehensive opiate and opioid detox. Call us today at (855) 784-3577 to start your treatment and recovery.