Opiates are classified as a group of drugs used for the treatment of pain. The active ingredient in most opiates is derived from opium, commonly found in the poppy plant. Opiates are also known as opioids or narcotics. They come in all shapes and sizes, and have many names, including but not limited to:
Most individuals who start using opiates as pain relief have done so under a doctor’s prescription advice. This is the case for millions of individuals since the initial development of the drug class. These medicines are incredibly addictive, and if they are abused and not taken in accordance to the prescription instructions over an extended timeframe, they can lead to serious dependencies.
When used for the relief of pain, many patients tend to develop a tolerance to the medications. This in turn leads to the requirement of dosage increases to see the effects desired (pain relief). This problem can eventually (and will frequently) lead to prescription drug abuse, turning into an addiction that could cause serious dependency in patients. From here, “getting a fix” becomes a priority, leading to some patients resorting to highly illegal methods such as doctor shopping to get their opioid dependency temporarily alleviated.
Those who abuse prescription drugs will often seek out opioids specifically, as they produce the sense of euphoria that most crave. A tolerance develops quickly, leading to the dulling of the effects of these drugs. Unfortunately, addicts can often overdose mistakenly, due to a toxic mix of tolerance and the need to get high. These overdoses can frequently lead to death due to cardiac or respiratory arrest.
Thankfully, some who overdose can be “resuscitated” with a cocktail comprised of intravenous naltrexone with medical assistance.
Withdrawing from opiates is an uncomfortable experience that can be painful at times. When opiate abuse combines with additional drug issues, such as benzos or alcohol, the withdrawal effects can be life threatening. Commonly noted symptoms of withdrawal from opiates or opioids include:
These symptoms of opiate withdrawal can last for as little as one week, but can also stretch well into several months. Once the initial symptoms of opiate withdrawal have passed, it is common for addicts to experience post-acute withdrawal symptoms, which are less severe, but longer lasting.
Many attempt to quit their opiate dependencies cold turkey. However, they quickly relapse and return to the drug in search of relief from the painful and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. This is why it is vital to seek out professional assistance when withdrawing from harmful opiates. Prescription drug dependency is no light matter.
Detox of South Florida offers a wide array of treatment options, personalized to fit your needs and level of addiction and dependency. We assist patients in overcoming opiate addiction with medical intervention, detox strategies, and rehabilitation programs and solutions.
Our team of highly professional, compassionate, and experienced staff will support you, offering all patients the quality of care necessary to push through one of the most difficult time periods in your life.
With an accredited medical detoxification program, patients can gradually wean off opiate medication, reducing discomfort and pain of drug withdrawal, and allowing the patient to put their focus on diving into the root causes of their addiction. After detox comes well-balanced rehabilitation, also offered at Detox of South Florida. The combination of detox and rehab have incredible success rates.
If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction to opiates, contact Detox of South Florida today to start your life saving journey, and hop on the road to recovery.
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Research studies on addiction treatment have shown that some alcohol and substance addiction treatment and follow-up procedures are more successful than others. At Detox of South Florida, we emphasize on using the best approaches in alcohol or drug detox.
Our goal is to ensure that all our patients regain their physical and mental states of health. Our treatment is therefore tailored to address each patient’s unique conditions. The treatment involves a combination of detoxification procedures such as opiate detox, alcohol detox, and heroin detox, just to mention a few, with other intervention procedures such as group and individual therapy, relapse prevention education, after-care planning, and in-house completion programs aimed at ensuring long-term sobriety and prevention of relapses.
Every patient has his or her unique type and level of addiction which is why the treatment period will normally vary from one individual to another. While some patients go through a 30-day rehab program, others will require a 60-day or 90-day program to recover from alcohol or drug addiction. The time it takes to recover will depend on the assessment report provided by the assigned medical professional who evaluates your case.
As the best rehab in Florida, we believe a relapse should not be viewed as a failure but rather as a sign to help you get back on track by making necessary adjustments to your treatment.
Our rates generally depend on the services provided. The overall cost will be determined by factors such as professional treatment fees, facilities, food, and utilities.
Unlike other addiction treatment centers across the country, at Detox of South Florida, we take your treatment and recovery process very seriously. Your treatment against addiction is a comprehensive process that may be affected by unwarranted interruptions. All visitations must, therefore, be approved well in advance by the treating therapist. We do this to ensure that your safety, focus on recovery, and stability are maintained at all times. The only visitors allowed are significant members of your family and close friends.
When I first arrived I was very nervous and I kept thinking what have I done, 3weeks later, I was clean!... read more
When I first arrived I was very nervous and I kept thinking what have I done, 3weeks later, I was clean! It was the hardest thing I've ever done! With all the love from staff and people in detox, I got through, day by day! It was like a family! Everyone was so kind and caring! Best thing I've ever done for ME?
I was in really bad shape when I entered the detox . I had severe withdrawals from heroin and... read more
I was in really bad shape when I entered the detox . I had severe withdrawals from heroin and they were quick to address them From top to bottom, this is a fantastic place to detox. The doctors, nurses, counselors, staff - and especially the techs - are incredible and caring. The facility is clean and the food is good. The rooms are simple but sufficient. I would highly recommend Detox of South Florida to anyone that is serious about overcoming their addiction(s).
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Naturalistic remedies are available which could ease both physical and emotional discomfort. I learned some breathing techniques and art of balancing life. My body and mind are at peace! Heal yourself!
I've been to multiple treatment centers and detox. Bar none, Detox of South Florida is the best care I have received.... read more
I've been to multiple treatment centers and detox. Bar none, Detox of South Florida is the best care I have received. The staff is compassionate and upbeat. The supervisor (behavioral health tech) Kevin is caring and works hard to make sure all patients are safe and well taken care of. I am grateful for this facility and hope anyone in need of detox chooses this place. The facility is clean and the food is good. I am a critical person and cannot find any issue to complain about. If you have any problem while you are here, the techs and Kevin help resolve the issue in a professional manner. If Roger Ebert was still alive, he would give Detox of South Florida two thumbs up! I am happy to be here and I know anyone that comes here will be happy too.
Throughout the program, assessment was done based upon my individual need... read more
Throughout the program, the assessment was done based upon my individual need. My addiction severity on heroin was gradually decreased and I gained mental health after the course. The best place to find yourself!
I was suffering from depression and unhealthy habits which couldn’t be reduced even after consulting many doctors.... read more
I was suffering from depression and unhealthy habits which couldn’t be reduced even after consulting many doctors. Had a visit to this center and they completely changed my lifestyle. Improved my self-awareness and trained me to manage stress. Best place for treating pain and anxiety!
The care I received at Detox of South Florida was the outstanding. The staffs are so kind full with patience.... read more
The care I received at Detox of South Florida was the outstanding. The staffs are so kind full with patience.
The detox of SF was outstanding with their technology,care and Staffs are very friendly. Highly recommended !!!... read more
The detox of SF was outstanding with their technology,care and Staffs are very friendly. Highly recommended !!!
The care I received at Detox of SF was the best. The staff, from the doctors, nurses and techs, all were so caring... read more
The care I received at Detox of SF was the best. The staff, from the doctors, nurses and techs, all were so caring and made this experience as painless as possible. They really care and it means the world. They listen to what you have to say and your needs and go above and beyond to help in any way possible. Mark especially, was amazing. I'm so thankful for all they have done to help get my life and also my friend's life back. They even let him come here as a scholarship when his insurance wasn't accepted. I highly recommend Detox of SF to anyone struggling with addiction.
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The gave best quality treatment to my boyfriend that was awesome now he is perfectly healthy.
They reduced all my negative behaviors through a systematic approach. I am calm... read more
They reduced all my negative behaviors through a systematic approach. I am calm and matured after their therapy. Staffs are so kind and gentle!
I am so blessed to work for such an amazing company. Being the Director of Admissions at Detox of South Florida... read more
I am so blessed to work for such an amazing company. Being the Director of Admissions at Detox of South Florida, I've seen first hand how many lives we have saved. Never have I seen or worked for a company that has helped more people, with or without insurance. The owners of the Detox of South Florida truly care. From the BHT's to Clinical and Medical, everyone works together as a whole to make sure the needs of our clients are met and they get the best care in order to obtain long-term recovery.
“Experience and Knowledge We have the experience and knowledge necessary to keep you safe through every step of the detoxification process. With our Florida Detox staff experts by your side, it is easier to feel confident in every decision you make. ”