Opioid Addiction Treatment and Detoxification in Minnesota
The diversion and abuse of opiates continue to be a problem in Minnesota, where more and more people have been seeking out help for dependence on these drugs. Opioids include heroin and some prescription drugs used to control pain.
In a 2009 report, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration said the most commonly diverted prescription medications included Nubain, Dilaudid, Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone), methadone and products containing codeine. An increase of methadone diversion has been reported as people turn to casual sharing and doctor shopping, or going from doctor to doctor to secure more than one supply. Nubain is a prescription narcotic that has emerged in the Minneapolis area and is sometimes abused by people who mistakenly believe it has properties similar to steroids. The DEA said a few deaths were recorded after people mixed Nubain with other medications.
People might seek out diverted pharmaceuticals after becoming addicted to their pain medication. Others abuse these controlled substances for recreational purposes. Conventional methods of diversion include doctor shopping, forged prescriptions, pharmacy and home invasions, personal theft, illegal sale and distribution by healthcare workers, and via the internet. Unscrupulous websites sometimes sell counterfeit and dangerous medications, many of which do not even require a prescription.
Dependence on Prescription Painkillers
Prescription painkillers are prescribed to millions of people every day. The rate of prescriptions makes it not just possible but likely for people to become dependent upon opioid drugs, even after using them for a short period of time. Continuous opiate use establishes a tolerance, which diminishes the effects of the drug. The lack of effect leads people to increase their use and dosages.
Once physical dependence is present, if there is sudden discontinuation or even reduction of dosage, withdrawal syndrome is likely to occur. A withdrawal is a combination of several physiological reactions, mostly very uncomfortable and sometimes painful. The fear and inability to get through a withdrawal successfully keeps many people slaves of the drug, which brings on depression and hopelessness.
When physical dependence develops, a person should immediately seek professional treatment. Successful detoxification in the early stages of opioid use can prevent many harmful effects related to drug abuse, including addiction.
Waismann Method® Medical Opioid Detox
Waismann Method® is a leader in the treatment of opiate dependence. We are world-renowned for being the premier rapid detox center for over 20 years. We know that most of our patients don’t set out to become drug dependent, and that is one of the main reasons we developed an opiate treatment designed to be safe, effective and compassionate.
Our rapid detox treatment program consists of board-certified doctors, nurses and anesthesiologists. The Waismann Treatment™ is performed in a private ICU room of a full-service hospital where patients have access to a tremendous amount of medical resources. Unlike other rapid detox centers, Waismann Method® rapid detox patients are only treated by our quadruple board-certified medical director who has spent more than two decades perfecting this procedure.
Private Medical Detox Treatment for Opioids
Rapid detoxification is not the only treatment offered by Waismann Method®. Other medically assisted protocols are also available, based on patients’ medical dependence and health history. The total hospital stay is usually two to four days, immediately followed by a short stay at our recovery center, Domus Retreat. At Domus, people receive assistance and support to get through this incredibly important adjustment period. Furthermore, being inpatient for a few more days allows for additional attentive care from Dr. Lowenstein.