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Opiate Detox Centers
According to a report by Dr. Nora D. Volkow during the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, addiction to opioids is one of the most serious global problems today, considering that about 36 million individuals are addicted to opioids all over the world. In the United States alone over 2.5 million people are suffering from opioid abuse, with fewer than half getting the help they need from drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers.
Opiates cover a wide variety of legal and illegal drugs such as fentanyl, codeine, morphine, heroin, and opium, among others. These drugs produce artificial endorphins in the brain, which provide pleasant feelings. Unfortunately, when these drugs are taken for a long time, they tend to affect how the nerve cells work. The nerve cells “get used” to having opioids, which is why when the person does not take the drug, he suffers from unpleasant feelings and reactions. To avoid these withdrawal pangs, the patient uses opiates, and so on again and again; hence the addiction cycle begins and continues.
Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms
Considering the effects of opiate addiction on the physiological and chemical structure of the brain, ceasing to use opioids will produce a wide range of withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms could be mild to severe depending on different factors such as the type of opiate drug being abused, the length of time the person is taking the drug, the amount of drug being taken, the frequency of drug use, the manner of taking the drug, and the physical and mental condition of the addicted person, among others.
The opiate dependent person can already experience early signs of opiate withdrawal after 6 to 12 hours of not taking the drug. These symptoms include muscle pain, agitation, tearing up, excessive yawning, runny nose, excessive sweating, increased heartbeat, anxiety, hypertension, fever, and difficulty falling and staying asleep.
After 72 hours of not taking an opiate drug, the patient can experience added withdrawal symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, stomachache, and psychological withdrawal signs like drug cravings and depression.
Opiate Detox Options
Considering the seriousness of opiates withdrawal symptoms, opiate detoxification should only be carried out under the supervision of detox specialists. At-home detox without any medical supervision can endanger the physical and overall well-being of the addicted person.
Below are the most common detox options offered at Ranch Creek Recovery’s opiate detox centers to remove any trace of opioids from the body and start the recovery journey:
For patients who have mild to moderate opiate addiction and those without other health problems, outpatient detoxification can be an option. As the name suggests, outpatient detox means the drug dependent will simply visit and not stay inside the drug and alcohol rehab facility during the duration of the detox process. Our doctors can prescribe medications such as buprenorphine or clonidine so that the patient will not have a hard time enduring the various opiate withdrawal symptoms, and therapy programs designed specifically for opiate addiction recovery will be implemented.
Opiate addicts who have long-term or severe addictions, suicidal tendencies, serious medical conditions, and those that may pose harm to others should choose inpatient detoxification. Under inpatient care, patients are monitored by detox specialists 24 hours a day and 7 days a week and they are given the opportunity to recover in a completely drug-free and healthy environment.
Detoxification is the critical first step towards living an opiate-free life, which is why it is important that this process is completed successfully. If you or a loved one is suffering from opioid addiction, make sure that he seeks professional help from Ranch Creek Recovery so that he can receive the best opiate detox care possible in accordance with his recovery needs.