Opiate Addiction Treatment and Withdrawal


Opiates and opioids are powerful narcotics that offer a euphoria that is unmatched. But opiates and opioids can alter the regulation of the central nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract. Opiate withdrawal symptoms may be severe enough to require medical intervention. It is best to enter an opiate addiction treatment center that offers a medical opiate detox with 24-hour doctor supervision to ensure your safety.

If you are suffering from opiate addiction Recovery Connection can help. Not all treatment programs can handle this specific addiction. Our coordinators can help you find a quality opiate treatment program to address your needs. Call 800-993-3869 and break the bondage of drug addiction. Our helpline is open 24/7, and all calls are free of charge and confidential.

What Are Opiates?

Opiates are a subset of opioids that are naturally occurring and come from the opium poppy plant. Most opiates are considered to be scheduled narcotics by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, typically in classes I, II or III. They have been scheduled as controlled narcotics by the DEA because of their highly addictive properties. They are prescribed as pain relievers, cough suppressants, or are used in anesthetic procedures. This class of drugs is typically divided into three subcategories.

Categories of opiate medications:

  • Naturally Occurring - drugs made from opium such as morphine
  • Synthetic - manufactured drugs, which include Demerol and methadone
  • Semi-Synthetic - these opiates come from a synthesis of natural compounds (plant) and other starting materials. These include heroin made from morphine.

Commonly known opiates and opioids include:

All forms of opioids work on the nervous system by slowing down the messages sent between the cells and the body’s organs. Opiates can be taken orally, by wearing a patch, by sucking a lollipop, by snorting or by injection. Long-term use can permanently alter the brain and body’s neurons, making the addict vulnerable to relapse back into addiction without proper opiate addiction treatment.

Symptoms of Opiate Addiction

If you have an addiction to opiates you know that it is exhausting at the end of the day. You are keeping opiate withdrawal symptoms at bay by feeding your addiction. With addiction comes desperation to make sure you maintain opiates in your system. This will cause you to act in ways that compromise your morals and values. Most opiate users will compromise their moral ethics to get more of the drug.  Many users have never broken the law or have ever thought of stealing money from friends and relatives.  This all changes when you are addicted and in order to prevent withdrawal symptoms you will do anything to obtain more opiate based medication.  Often opiate addicts will compromise their responsibilities for more medication.

Symptoms of opiate addiction include:

  • Mood swings
  • Infections from drug injections
  • Slowed breathing
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Itching
  • Dry mouth
  • Hepatitis
  • Kidney problems
  • Constipation
  • Seizures
  • Sleep disorders
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Nodding off
  • Insomnia
  • Memory problems
  • Increased pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Endocarditis
  • MRSA bacterial infections

You know you have a problem with opiates when you have tried to stop many times without success. Recovery Connection can help you find the right drug rehab program to treat your opiate addiction, handle your opiate withdrawal symptoms and set your life back on a productive path. Don't let your addiction run you into debt, borrow from your last freind or relative and lose your job. Call 800-993-3869 now and get help today. Stop the madness of opiate addiction.

Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms and Medications Used for Detox

There are differences between long-acting opiates and short-acting opiates and their corresponding withdrawal symptoms. The speed of onset of withdrawal is directly related to the half-life of the particular opiate or opioid that you are using, the duration and intensity of use, and the level of dosage most recently taken.

Major opiate withdrawal symptoms from short to intermediate acting opiates, peak between 48 and 72 hours after the last dose. Without proper medical care, dehydration can lead to seizures or convulsion. Withdrawal from opiate or opioids feels like you have an extreme case of the flu.  Nausea, vomiting and mental cravings for the drug are the worst symptoms. The good news is that an addict can usually complete opiate detox within 5 to 7 days. However, many users report sleeplessness, anxiety and lack of energy for as long as 30-45 days after last dose. For this reason it is highly recommended to go to a rehab program so you can get the proper medical care and treatment to teach you how to cope with these long-term withdrawal effects. Detox alone is usually not enough to deter you from using these drugs again. When addicted, you learn to cope with life's problems and physical pains by self-medicating with opiate drugs.  It takes time to re-learn how to cope without using. This is what an opiate rehab program will help you with.

Most common opiate withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Muscle, bone, joint pain
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Involuntary leg movements
  • Cold flashes
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Cold sweats
  • Dilated pupils
  • Goose bumps
  • Cravings
  • Impaired judgment
  • Changes in appetite
  • Lacrimation (tears)
  • Excessive yawning

Opiate Detox Medications

Opiate withdrawal symptoms are extremely painful both physically and mentally. You don’t have to struggle with opiate detox alone. Medical support is out there for you. Medical drug detox programs will, under doctor supervision, administer medications for opiate addiction to relieve withdrawal symptoms. The most common medications for withdrawal are Suboxone or Subutex. Call Recovery Connection now at 800-993-3869 to speak with an addition specialist about entering a medically supervised opiate addiction treatment center to detox comfortably.

Rapid Drug Detox Programs for Opiates

Rapid drug detox, otherwise known as Ultra Rapid Opiate Detoxification under anesthesia (UROD), is a procedure in which general anesthesia is used to rapidly detoxify the body from opiates such as fentanyl, hydrocodone, methadone, morphine, heroin, and OxyContin. The long-term success rates for UROD are poor.

Frequently, the patient will wake up from the anesthesia with severe discomfort and cravings, as well as physiological instability. Rapid drug detox programs alone are not conducive to long-term recovery. Detoxification does not treat drug dependence, but is just a preliminary and necessary step before treatment can begin. The American Society of Addiction Medicine does not consider traditional detoxification or UROD as a sole method for the treatment of drug dependence.

Opiate Addiction Treatment

Opiate addiction treatment begins in a drug detox center. Medical professionals take a patient’s medical history and measure the levels of opiates in the blood. Detox medications are administered to help ease withdrawal symptoms. The most common detox medications are Suboxone, Subutex and methadone. Suboxone and Subutex are tablets that dissolve under the tongue and are taken once a day. Both contain buprenorphine and Suboxone contains buprenorphine in combination with naloxone. Both drugs prevent withdrawal symptoms during detox. The drugs are tapered off during detox over a period of days.   

Methadone’s use as a detox drug is limited to certain treatment clinics and programs. Most drug detox centers use some combination of Suboxone and Subutex for detox.

After patients are medically stabilized and off the detox medications, they transition into a drug rehab program to continue opiate addiction treatment. In rehab patients learn coping skills, relapse prevention and triggers relating to their specific addictions. Rehab teaches them how to live life without continued use of opiate or opioid medications.

Patients in dual diagnosis treatment facilities see a psychiatrist to determine their mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder, and how they related to the drug use. Recovery Connection only recommends drug rehab centers that have a medical detox as well as dual diagnosis treatment. Drug rehab centers that have both are the best treatment for addiction and provide the greatest opportunity for success.

The entire process from detox to rehab can take from 6 to 8 weeks, depending on the length of time a person is addicted and the quantity of opiates used. Detox alone is not treatment for opiate addiction. Only detox plus rehab is complete treatment.

Call us today at 800-993-3869 and eliminate opiate abuse from your life. Recovery Connection addiction specialists are available to answer your phone call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

 

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Find an opiate addiction rehab, call Recovery Connection at 800-993-3869 and speak with one of our trained coordinators. Our staff understands the problems of addiction and the experience of detox and treatment. We can help you find the appropriate facility that meets your medical needs.
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