Opiate detox treats chemical dependency on the variety of drugs and medications derived synthetically from opium; ranging from fentanyl, codeine, morphine, Vicodin (hydrocodone), Percocet, OxyContin, oxycodone, to illicit drugs such as heroin and opium. Commonly known as painkillers, they bind to receptors in the brain which decrease the perception of pain. A misconception about prescription pain medication is that because it’s prescribed by a doctor, and you’re not seeking it to get high, you’re not at risk for addiction. It’s important to note before taking an opiate medication that any use over three days will put you at risk of tolerance and dependence. The same amount of the drug will no longer have the same effect in relieving pain, and this is typically the point where individuals begin to seek out more of the drug. While drug dependence will begin within a week of taking opiates, addiction occurs when an individual who has been taking a medication displays psychological effects such as the compulsive need for the drug. It’s important in detox to treat both the physical dependence as well as the underlying conditions for needing the drug.
How to detox from opiates
At New Start, we take a comprehensive approach to opiate detox providing our clients with the highest level of care and ensuring a successful transition from dependence to recovery. The Drug Enforcement Administration has classified opiates as high priority controlled substances due to the significant potential for abuse and dependence. Opioid dependence affects nearly 5 million people in the United States and leads to approximately 17,000 deaths annually. The signs and side effects of opiate dependence include sedation, dizziness, vomiting, gastric problems, blood disorders, and respiratory depression, which is the leading cause of death in opiate addicts. The main objective of treating opioid dependence is to improve physical and psychological health following a stepping down period of withdrawal. Common withdrawal symptoms include:
- Muscle aches
- Increased tearing
- Abdominal cramping
It is not recommended that anyone attempt to detox on their own from opiates, as the withdrawal symptoms can be severe; depending on the degree and duration of use. It is important to take necessary time to adequately detox and treat dependence of opiates. At New Start Detox, we offer a comfortable environment where our clients can evaluate the steps necessary to manage life without addiction.
What to expect from opiate detox at New Start
How to detox from opiates with New Start begins with a comprehensive evaluation of each client by our clinicians to generate a working knowledge of medical history, history of abuse as well as personal well-being and psychological condition. Part of the initial health assessment involves a visual screening of the patient. Once the initial health assessment is completed, our clinical staff members work with clients to establish an effective treatment plan. Our team has experience working with patients prescribed opiates and are capable of assigning severity level based on variables such as age, number of years using, amount used per week, family history and any underlying mental or physical disorders. Withdrawing from opiates can be a challenging process, and at New Start, our clients receive 24/7 care. We are committed to providing a safe and comfortable treatment ensuring the ability of patients to successfully overcome their addiction.