People needing Canadian opiate detox may be suffering quietly, feeling like they have no place to turn. Substance abuse affects millions of people worldwide and is hardly ever the fault of the patient. People can become dependent upon their prescription medication after developing a tolerance after prolonged use. According to Health Canada, a federal agency that aims to help citizens maintain and improve their health, opioid pain relievers are sometimes abused for their psychoactive properties. Abuse of prescription opiates such as OxyContin, Percocet and Demerol increased by more than 24 percent between 2002 and 2005, according to a study in the Canadian Journal of Public Health. Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health reported that less than 4 percent of opiate addicts in treatment in 2000 were addicted to oxycodone, a main ingredient in OxyContin and Percocet. That figure jumped to more than 55 percent just four years later.
Taking prescription painkillers is a necessity for many Canadians. Rates of abuse are higher in manufacturing areas of the country where workplace hazards contribute to injuries. Also, an aging population suffers from many chronic pain ailments. Some Canadian doctors may feel that opiates are their only avenue for treating this type of pain. At the same time, young people are using opiates more often, but many of them do so recreationally. The availability of these pills, along with the lack of stigma attached to them makes the threat of epidemic very real. Canadian methadone clinics are full of people who are dependent upon prescription opiates. They may not be getting adequate treatment. While methadone can be a successful treatment component for some people who have serious addictions, it is a synthetic opiate and can also be habit forming. Other opiate treatment options may not adequately address the painful withdrawal phase. This is the most feared part of opiate detox, so patients who are dependent upon their medication may turn to the streets before they get help.
Waismann Method, based on the U.S. west coast, is a safe, opiate treatment program that addresses the problem of opiate withdrawal, thereby eliminating the fear for patients. Our California-based treatment has been successfully treating people from around the world for more than a decade. With Waismann Method opiate detox, patients check into a hospital for 3 to 6 days and they are tested thoroughly for any possible underlying medical issues. With anesthesia-assisted medical detox, we use intravenous medication to cleanse the opiates and physical addiction from patients’ opiate receptors. This happens in less than two hours while patients rest lightly under deep sedation. The procedure accelerates the withdrawal process and patients awaken without the conscious awareness this phase has passed. Patients who are ready can return home once discharged. Others may opt to check into our Domus Retreat transitional living facility for aftercare.