What is the opiate detox like, and what medical offerings make it easier?
Long-term substance abuse causes the person to be highly dependent on their substance of choice. Whether it is alcohol, Cocaine, Meth or opiates, their body both mentally and physically needs the drug to feel well. When the person is without the substance for an extended period of time, they will begin to feel symptoms of withdrawal while their body goes through detox. These withdrawal symptoms can vary, depending on the person and how much they were using, but it is usually an uncomfortable and sometimes painful experience. Luckily, addiction medicine has come a long way in helping people detox from chemical dependence.
The human body has a natural need to maintain homeostasis. The brain and other organs in the body will look for substances that are normally present in the body, and will react in different ways when it is no longer there. Even if you are not an addict, you may have experienced strange symptoms when trying to quit smoking, or even decreasing your caffeine intake. This happens because the body goes into a state of shock and does not know how to function without the substance that’s been taken for an extended period of time. This reaction is known as “withdrawal.”
The typical symptoms of opiate withdrawal can include the following:
Body aches and pains
Many addicts do want to recover from their opiate addiction, but sometimes these symptoms of withdrawal can be far too much for them to handle. The disease of addiction alters the person’s mind and can make them justify and rationalize their continuous using by any means necessary. So when the person has experienced, or even knows how uncomfortable the symptoms of withdrawal can be, they can easily justify not attempting to get sober in order to avoid that experience. The addicts mind can easily disregard the truth that this addiction can be potentially fatal so that they can continue abusing this drug.
The good news is that a professional drug addiction treatment center can help you through this opiate detox process. It is always best to consult an addiction specialist before attempting to detox from opiates because they understand exactly what the addict is going through. Simply seeing a regular doctor can only not treat these symptoms properly, but they may prescribe an addictive medication that can do more harm than good. There are also those who attempt to go through the detox alone, by quitting “cold turkey,” but this can be potentially dangerous. At an addiction treatment center, clients are medically supervised throughout the process to ensure they are both safe and comfortable.
There are a variety of non-narcotic medications that are used to help through the detox process. Medications, like Suboxone, are designed to give the person’s body similar effects that opiates would, but are not addictive. The treatment center is able to monitor the person’s Suboxone intake and slowly wean them off the medicine until they are ready to begin rehabilitation. Naltrexone is another commonly used medication for those recovering from an opiate addiction, by helping decrease their cravings. Naltrexone not only decreases the cravings for opiates, but it blocks the opiate receptors so that the person’s body will reject the substance if they relapse.
Addiction is one of the hardest diseases to overcome, but recovery is possible. There have been millions of people around the world who thought that they could not live without drugs, but have gone on to live lives beyond their wildest dreams. If you’d like more information on how we can help you recover from an opiate addiction and the detox process, please call us today.