Long ago, the term narcotics was used to describe all mind-altering drugs. However, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) currently defines a narcotic is a drug, or more accurately an opioid, used to relieve pain and dull the senses. Presently, examples of narcotics can include Heroin, Oxycontin, Fentanyl, Morphine, and Methadone.
Emotional Effects of Narcotics
Besides its medical uses for pain management, people seek narcotics / opioids for its psychological side effects. Furthermore, opioid drugs provide a sense of emotional well-being because it reduces tension, anxiety, and
sometimes even anger. These effects are sometimes helpful when used by a psychiatrist in a therapeutic setting, but not when taken without a prescription. It is important to note that even a doctor managed drug therapy, may lead to an unwanted drug addiction. In the long run, the false sense of relaxation produced by the opioid can create a psychological dependence. In other words, long after the physical need has passed, the user may have continuous thoughts and intense cravings for the narcotics. If the emotional or behavioral motivators which prompted the abuse is not dealt with, a relapse is most likely to occur.
According to reports from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), many people turn to narcotics for the pleasurable feeling it provides, due to the chemicals released in the brain. The consequences of the continuous use will also negatively affect other areas of one’s life. Formerly, narcotic users might have enjoyed spending time with loved ones and participating in fun activities; eventually, these great moments of life, are no longer pleasurable. Consequently, as the narcotic addiction continues, the unfulfilling quality of life also progresses.
The Effects of Narcotics on the Body and Respiratory System
When people use too much of a narcotic opioid, they can experience a diminished level of consciousness and slowed breathing which can result in lack of oxygen flow to the brain. Although alcohol, sedatives, or a mix of opioids are frequently involved in overdose deaths, sometimes an overdose can occur unintentionally. In essence, a person can accidentally take an excessive amount of their opioid medication without noticing. Ultimately, death is a distinct possibility with a narcotic overdose. Symptoms of an opioid overdose can include:
- Marked confusion
- Frequent vomiting
- Extreme sleepiness, or the inability to stay awake.
- Loss of consciousness
- Labored breathing
- Respiratory arrest (absence of breath)
- Cold, clammy skin
- Bluish skin around the lips or fingernails
An overdose is a frightening and life-threatening situation. It is crucial for those who are struggling with an addiction to opioids to seek immediate help.
Narcotics Addiction Treatment Options
Narcotic addiction treatment programs are successful when flexible enough to be modified to fit each individual specific circumstances. Also, programs are much more efficient when jointly overseen by trained healthcare professionals. There are a number of Opioid Treatment Options, some more effective than others. Some of these options include:
- Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
- Intensive Outpatient
- Residential Treatment ( Drug Rehab )
- Day Treatment
- Narcotic Anesthesia Detox
- Waismann Method – Narcotic Rapid Detox or Medical Opioid Detoxification, followed by an individualized and private recovery center.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has also reported that between 26.4 million and 36 million people around the globe abuse opiate drugs, which includes prescription pain relievers and the illegal drug heroin.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of a Narcotic Overdose?
Being able to recognize the signs and symptoms of a narcotic overdose is crucial if you or someone you love has an addiction to opiates. If any of the following symptoms occur, please seek immediate medical emergency care. An overdose can lead to permanent damage to the brain or result in organ failure. If a loved one has an overdose, try to keep them conscious until help arrives. Never leave someone alone after they have overdosed since their condition can become potentially life-threatening.
The symptoms of a narcotic overdose to watch for include the following:
- Sudden confusion
- Vomiting often
- Trouble breathing
- Dangerously low respiratory rate
- Clammy skin
- Bluish skin, especially around the fingernails or lips
- Extreme drowsiness
- Pupils that look like pinpoints
Narcotic Detox Protocol – Rapid Detox
A rapid narcotic detox involves an infusion of intravenous medications to remove drugs from the opiate receptors quickly. This specialized form of anesthesia detoxification eliminates most of the unbearable pain associated with an opiate withdrawal. With the completion of this type of detoxification, the worst of the withdrawal is over. Furthermore, only our multi-board certified medical director provides the Waismann Method rapid detox and always in a full service private accredited hospital.
The Waismann Narcotic Rapid Detox and Addiction Treatment Includes:
- Admission to a Private Room in an Accredited Hospital for 2 to 4 days.
- Comprehensive pre-examination can include blood work, pulmonary and cardiac evaluation, EKG and urinalysis.
- Narcotic Rapid Detox treatment performed individually in the ICU.
- I.V. vitamin and electrolyte infusions post detox.
- Exclusive Recovery Center for 4 to 7 days.
At our Exclusive Recovery Retreat there is:
- Individual Psychotherapy session for the purpose of helping with the emotional stabilization.
- Private Suites
- Massage Therapy.
- 24/ 7 professional care.
- Chefs for specific dietary needs.
- Drama Therapy.
- Acupuncture and much more.
Clare Waismann R.A.S. developed the Waismann Method, with the medical direction of doctors C. Bernstein M.D. and M. H. Lowenstein M.D.The program started in the late 90’s and had only one exclusive location, based only in Southern California. Almost 20 years later, we have established a superior reputation known worldwide, for achieving exceptional results while offering unparalleled safety protocols for narcotics detoxification.
To summarize, our success is mainly due to our experience, credentials, and commitment to outstanding care. After all, we provide individualized attention, quadruple board-certified medical director, JCAHO Accredited Hospital and our all-inclusive and comprehensive recovery retreat.