Withdrawal And Detox

Opioids/ Opiates – Withdrawal and Detox

The abuse of opioids is steeply on the rise in the United States. The US Drug Enforcement Administration considers these as scheduled narcotics, typically in Class I, II or III.
300 million prescriptions are written for opioids every year as heroin, morphine or pain relievers, and more than 2 million people abuse or overuse the drug.

Using opioids for more than 3 weeks triggers physiological and psychological dependence. If you have tried stopping it without any success, you need to admit it to a near one before it sets back your life. This is the time you need medical supervision and an opioid detox program to regain your productive self.

We, at Detox of South Florida, can offer you the best opioid detox in Florida to treat your opioid addiction. Our trained medical staff with their expertise and years of experience will handle your opioid withdrawal symptoms and help you regain your life of vitality.

Treatment and withdrawal from opioids are always possible, but like withdrawal from any other substance, it might be hard and involves risks.

The withdrawal process can be broadly divided into 2 categories:

  • Spontaneous Opioid Withdrawal – When the patient abruptly stops or significantly reduces the opioid usage. The time frame of this method depends on the half-life of the opioid being used.
    • For example, heroin withdrawal might be started even 12 hours after the last usage, and completed within 5 days. But spontaneous withdrawal is not always suggested as the patient might not feel completely normal before several months.
  • Precipitated Opioid Withdrawal This method includes displacing the opioid with an antagonist drug. For example, Naxalone is used to treat people who had heroin recently in their systems.

Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms may range from mild to severe based on the patient’s level of dependency on the opioid drug used.

Mild withdrawal symptoms include muscle cramps, agitation, insomnia, anxiety, excessive sweating, hypertension or mild fever. These usually start within 6-12 hours and last for 1-2 days for short-acting opiates.

The severe symptoms include nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps, depression, nasal discharge, decreased appetite, goose bumps or shivering. These are at their peak within 72 hours and might last a week. This period is also marked by drug cravings from time to time.

Major opiate withdrawal symptoms peak between 48-72 hours. This is a critical period where without proper medical care, the patient might have dehydration leading to seizures or convulsion. The inpatient treatment program is almost always suggested for this reason.

We at Detox of South Florida make separate assessments of every individual patient before opiate withdrawal treatment. This includes a substance use history, psychiatric evaluation and history, mental status examination, medical history & physical examination, laboratory testing and level of care determination. Opioid-dependent women are tested for pregnancy (with a negative result) before supervised withdrawal. The detox is followed by counseling, family & individual therapy, and meetings with support groups that help you maintain sobriety.

Addiction to opioids is not uncommon. Detox of South Florida has treated many people suffering from this addiction, and we have a special team of medical support here for you to supervise the whole opiate detox, treatment, and rehab so that you don’t have to struggle with it alone.

It is never too late, call us today to eliminate opiate abuse from your life.

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Meet The Team

Dr. Vikram Tarugu

Gastroenterologist and medical professional focused on addiction.

Dr. Muhammad Syed

Doctor of internal medicine, C.F.O. He is Instrumental in the success of Detox of South Florida. He is known for his cheerful, ever happy and helpful attitude.

Dr. Shilpa Tarugu

Doctor of internal medicine and medical director. She is known for her ethical practice and expertise in the various detox protocols and programs

Andrea Beckwith

Director of admissions.

Christine Sherman

Director of nursing.

Darlene Mayers

Clinical director.

Nancy Cruz

Director of operations.

Yolani Borroto

Office management.

If you still have a few more questions, take a look at our FAQ’s below:

  • 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.

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“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. ”

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