Opiate addiction is one of the oldest, most widespread and persistent drug problems second only to alcoholism. Opiates pose an extremely high risk of dependence to its users because of its impact on the nerve receptors. Anyone who takes opiates habitually for a length of time will experience the building of tolerance to the drug which causes the need for an increased dose. Dependence forms as a result and addiction often develops. To treat this dependence the individual usually requires an opiate detox and addiction therapy for treatment. Opiate detox is the beginning of treatment and includes organized and medically administered withdrawal from the drug. Opiate detox is used to break the physical dependence to the substance; this occurs when drugs leave the body and the receptors begin adapting without its presence. Opiate detox alone is not a solution to addiction because the majority of addicts will resume drug abuse without further help such as rehabilitation. Rehab and treatment work to break the mental dependence to opiates after the physical dependence has been minimized.
The side effects felt after an individual discontinues the use of opiates can be potentially deadly and very difficult to cope with. Without Opiate detox from a proper medical staff such as the one in place at Drug Treatment Centers Richmond, the process can be very complicated and yields high rates of relapse. The physical feeling of being sick is known as Opiate withdrawal syndrome and the symptoms can be felt within hours after the last dose. The affects vary widely from person to person as does the period of time they last. Some symptoms include sweating, fever, vomiting, and aching body. More serious symptoms include insomnia, seizures, coma or spiked fever. Symptoms can be dangerous and difficult to manage alone so seeking a treatment center is always encouraged when trying to break the physical dependence from opiates.
Drug Treatment Centers Richmond can provide treatment medications during opiate detoz to slowly wean users off the drugs and minimize shock to the body. Otherwise known as replacement therapy, addiction specialists will give addicts treatment drugs that trick the body into believing it is receiving opiates and slowly lessen the dosage making the detox process much less difficult. Examples of treatment medicine include Methadone, Suboxone, and Naltroxone.
• Methadone- Usually used for heroin detox to help minimize withdrawal symptoms, but can also be highly addictive and should only be administered in a controlled manner.
• Suboxone- A new method that has proven effective for opiate withdrawal and abuse treatment. Suboxone- will make addicts feel ill if they attempt to use opiates while being treated with the medicine.
• Naltroxone- Recently has been used in reversing effects during opiate overdose but also is a prescribed medication used for slowing symptoms of opiate withdrawal.
Detox from opiates as described before is the process of helping the body to overcome physical dependence and addiction to opiates. Detox is the first step of rehabilitation and prepares the individual for therapy. Usually detox consists of a medical evaluation and intervention where certified staff helps speed the process of ridding toxins from the body and with the least amount of symptoms. Rest and relaxation along with hydration help to heal the patient and allow them to regain a stable mindset. Some patients depending on their addiction don’t require treatment medicine and simply need rest and hydration during detox but others may require it for safety precautions and comfort.
• Provide Support and Try to be strong- This doesn’t mean buy your loved one drugs, but help them to see that they have a problem, and you are worried that they will further hurt themselves without treatment. Remind them you will be there for them during treatment and that your love is endless. Lastly help them to see that recovery is a journey you will take together.
• Get information that you can provide to them and call treatment centers so that when you confront your loved one you can help them understand how treatment works and what they can expect.
• Intervention- If you are worried your loved ones addiction will soon reach a tragic point and they won’t accept treatment, an intervention may be necessary. Calling an interventionist with a treatment center to help organize an intervention and answer questions can be very helpful as well provide stable support during the difficult time.
If you or someone you love is struggling with opiate abuse or addiction consider contacting Drug Treatment Centers Richmond for opiate detox and rehabilitation. Don’t let drug dependence extend any further. Call Drug Treatment Centers Richmond today at (804) 893-5099.
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