Opiate Detox and Withdrawal

Opiate Detox and Withdrawal

Opiate or an Opioid | Is there a Difference?

Opiates are powerful, highly addictive narcotics derived from the opium poppy. Usually snorted, smoked or injected, Opiates produces an intense high that lasts a few hours, depending on dose. User feels sedated, with slurred speech, dry mouth and pinpoint pupils. In combination with other depressant drugs, like alcohol, risk of overdose increases. Much higher purity of street heroin in recent years has greatly increased deaths from heroin overdose, even for first time users. Continued use of heroin results in skin abscesses, heart infection, liver disease as well as addiction. Opiate detox and withdrawal brings on tremors, cramps, vomiting, bone pain and convulsions. Medical supervision of withdrawal is highly advisable. Opiates are the natural narcotics that come from the Papaver Somniferum Poppy Plant. Opiate Detox and Withdrawal can be a very tough experience.

The three main opiates are Morphine, Codeine and Thebaine. Of the three, Thebaine isn’t used as a pain medication in its natural form. Opioids are the natural opiates plus the semi-synthetics and the pure synthetics:

  1. A semi-synthetic opioid begins with a natural opiate like morphine or codeine which is then mixed and processed into a new and more potent narcotic such as heroin and buprenorphine.
  2. A purely artificial opioid never includes a natural opiate in the production process. Pure synthetics are a combination of chemicals and processes that mimic opiate effects by producing highly potent narcotics such as methadone and fentanyl.

Opiate Detoxification and Withdrawal Symptoms

Opiate | Detoxification

Opiate Detoxification and Medical Assistance

We realize that opiate addiction is a disease and that every path is different for every person. There is one-size-fits-all method to describe either the addiction process or the treatment process. Recovery is a unique and complex system that evolves with each individual and group.   Every detox center should allow for new and old ideas to shape the recovery process. That includes a variety of physicians and specialists who treat everything from opiate addiction to depression.

We do not claim to have the only working method of addiction recovery. Our program incorporates the finest medical assistance available with the newest techniques and procedures; giving our clients a very real chance for a successful recovery.

Proper Hydration is critical for all organ systems. Hydration is a part of the body’s natural detoxification process. On average an adult is composed of approximately 60% water. Proper hydration is therefore essential for all internal mechanisms and processes to function properly.

Hydration helps to accelerate the body’s natural healing process. Hydration is the single most important factor in any naturally based detoxification program regardless of the drug they’re expelling.

Proper Nutrition gives the body the energy needed for bodily functions to work at optimal power including immune systems. For example; opiate users tend to consume high sugar content meals such as Hershey Bars, Ice cream, Pepsi and Skittles. Most opiate users suffer from some form of malnutrition and marked immune suppression. We supplement our client’s diet with appropriate vitamin and mineral supplements to promote a speedy recovery.

Sleep Disorder Therapy is overlooked at many detoxification facilities. Lack of this oversight is a serious error.

Sleep reduces anxiety. Sleep enhances the body’s natural healing process. Sleep regenerates the body’s immune system. Insomnia is a common fear that may delay some opiate users from entering treatment and may cause others to leave treatment early.

Counseling reveals the causes, risks and consequences of addictive behaviors. Placing clients in a private and safe environment gives clients the security needed to discuss issues they would typically avoid. This type of setting allows clients to vent some of their problems including some they may have suppressed for years. This gives their mind a chance to reset and helps their state of mind regain a sense of equilibrium.


Major Opiate | Withdrawal Symptoms

7 Most Common Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms in chronological order

  1. Nausea
  2. Anxiety
  3. Cold Sweats
  4. Back Ache
  5. Restless Leg Syndrome  (The term “Kicking” comes from this symptom)
  6. Insomnia
  7. Diarrhea

Heroin Withdrawal

Heroin is the most addictive drug on earth. Heroin stands out as the narcotic of choice for most opioid users because heroin creates a powerful euphoric reaction. This is due to heroin’s ability to cross the blood brain barrier quicker than other opioid. Heroin crosses the blood brain barrier up to 80 times quicker than morphine.

Methadone withdrawal: produces acute withdrawal symptoms. The fear of experiencing Methadone withdrawal symptoms discourages methadone users from ending their methadone maintenance program. Now, there is a virtually pain-free way to detox from methadone.

Methadone users are typically unable to wait a sufficient amount of time before starting Suboxone treatment and this can initiate opiate withdrawals. Methadone users are unable to detoxify themselves!

Opana Withdrawal: Opana is highly addictive and known on the streets as Stops because it looks like a stop sign. Opana withdrawal requires a customized detox system to ensure a successful detox.

Opana is habit forming and can be harmful to unborn babies. It can cause physical dependence and significant opioid withdrawal symptoms in newborns. Opana will pass into breast milk and can be harmful to nursing babies.

Opana users require expert help to overcome their addiction. They cannot detox at home due to the fact that they self-medicate as a matter of course. Most Opana users will not heed this warning but eventually the truth wins out and professional detoxification services are needed.

Oxycontin Withdrawal: Oxycontin treatment creates some challenging problems specific to oxycodone. Treatment often requires a high dosage detox. This is due to Oxycontin’s prolific tolerance buildup.  A pronounced delay from induction is often required to guarantee a pain-reduced detox.

The rule of thumb is that Oxycontin users cannot detox themselves. Most will try to detox at home but most will fail and part of the reason this is so is because of the mind’s unconscious desire to maintain the status quo.

Percocet Withdrawal: Percocet is highly addictive and commonly abused by people other than the person to whom the prescription is written. Percocet is taken in tablet form. It is not uncommon for people with Percocet dependency to take as many as 40 pills a day.

Percocet is both physically and psychologically addictive. It acts as a “blocking agent” to pain receptors in the brain resulting in a feeling of euphoria. It is euphoria that people crave when they abuse Percocet.

Roxicodone Withdrawal: Roxicodone is a semi-synthetic opioid analgesic used to treat moderate to severe chronic pain.

Oxycodone hydrochloride is the main active ingredient within Roxicodone tablets. Oxycodone is a white, odorless crystalline powder derived from the opium alkaloid, thebaine. Oxycodone hydrochloride dissolves in water and is often abused by intravenous opiate addicts.

The 15 mg and 30 mg tablets contain the equivalent of 13.5 mg and 27.0 mg, respectively, of oxycodone freebase. Roxicodone unlike Oxycontin tablets are designed to provide immediate release of oxycodone.

Respiratory depression is the chief hazard from Roxicodone abuse. Respiratory depression occurs most frequently in elderly or debilitated patients, usually following large initial doses in non-tolerant patients, or when opioids are given in conjunction with other agents that also cause depressed respiration such as an alcohol and Roxicodone mixture.

Roxicodone should be used with extreme caution in patients with significant chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or pre-existing respiratory depression. In such patients, even normal dosages of Roxicodone may decrease respiratory drive to the point of apnea. Physical dependence results in Opiate detox and withdrawal symptoms when Roxicodone users abruptly discontinue the drug.

Vicodin Withdrawal: Vicodin dependence develops over time with many users unaware of their physical dependency until they run out or decide to quit of their own volition. The result of opiate withdrawals is assured if physical dependency has set.

Vicodin is the number one drug in the relapse process for hundreds of thousands of recovering opiate addicts regardless of their opiate of choice.

Many opioid users with years of recovery will relapse this year by taking just one Vicodin. This is the power of opiate addiction.

Opiate addiction is a progressive illness that runs a specific hazard for relapsing with even a small dosage of opiates. The key to a successful opiate addiction recovery is transparency by the user with their physician.

Conclusion: Treatment methods for opiate dependency has advanced tremendously over the last decade. There is little doubt that opiate addiction is one of the worst addictions that can ever belie a person. This is why Opiate Detox and Withdrawal can be so tough on an addict.  The only upside from this experience is the knowledge gained and the positive changes that are needed to overcome opiate addiction.  Read more about drugs on our Addiction Resources page.

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