Opiate Treatment Program
Opiates are a group of drugs that are used for treating pain, a derivative of Opium which comes from the Poppy Plant. They are known by many names including opiates, opioids, and narcotics. Common generic names of Opiate drugs include but are not limited to: Codeine; Vicodin, Hycodan (hydrocodone); MS Contin Kadian (morphine); Oxycontin, Percoset (oxycodone); Dilaudid (hydromorphone); and Duragesic (fentanyl).
Most who began using Opiates did so under a Doctor’s prescription to treat pain, just as millions of others have over the years. These medications are highly addictive, if not taken according to the prescription and over too long of a time period, they can lead to a serious dependency. When used for pain relief many patients will develop a tolerance to the medication, requiring increased doses to see the desired effects. This can often lead to prescription drug abuse, resulting in an addiction that could cause the patient to begin obsessively thinking about getting more opiates and in some cases engage in illegal activities such as double doctoring. Drug abuse often seek out opiate drugs as they produce a sense of wellbeing or euphoria that can be addictive to some people. A tolerance to the euphoric effect of opiates develops fast. Unfortunately people often overdose by mistake because they are trying to get a higher high and take too much, some die as a result of cardiac or respiratory arrest. Thankfully for those found soon enough, opiate overdose can be reversed in hospital with intravenous naltrexone.
Opiate withdrawal can often be uncomfortable, even painful at times. When abusing opiates in combination with other drugs (such as alcohol or benzos), withdrawal can even be life threatening. Common symptoms of Opiate withdrawal include: Low energy, Irritability, Anxiety, Agitation, Insomnia; Runny nose, Teary eyes; Hot and cold sweats, Goose bumps; Yawning; Muscle aches and pains; and Abdominal cramping, Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea. These symptoms of opiate withdrawal can last as little as one week, well into several months. Once the initial symptoms of withdrawal have passed it is common to experience post-acute withdrawal symptoms, which are less severe but last longer.
The First Step in Treating Opiate Addiction is Detox
Many people try to quit Opiates cold turkey. However they quickly return to the drug in search of relief from uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. This is why it is important to seek out professional help with withdrawing from Opiate drugs. Detox of South Florida offers the treatment you need to overcome your addiction to Opiates. Our team of professional, experienced and compassionate staff will support you and offer you the care needed to get through one of the most difficult points in your life. With a medical detox program you can be gradually weaned off the opiate medication, drastically reducing the discomfort of withdrawal and allowing you to focus on getting to the root cause of your addiction. If you or a loved one are suffering from Opiate Addiction, contact Detox of South Florida to begin your life saving journey.