Opiate withdrawal refers to a broad range of symptoms that can occur after an individual becomes dependent on opioid drugs, stops or reduces their daily intake.
How do I know if I am Opioid Dependent?
The repeated use of an opiate drug like heroin, hydrocodone, Oxycodone or even Suboxone, often leads to physical dependence quite rapidly. Unlike previously thought, dependence has nothing to do with one’s character or will power. Opiate dependence is a state that the organisms get used to the presence of the drug, in order to function normally.
Many people become dependent on opiates, by no fault of their own. Instead, they started their opiate abuse by using painkillers, often due to tor pain management. Sadly enough, for some people, the dependence progresses to such heights, that they move on to illegal narcotics, such as heroin.
People should seek medical assistance immediately after noticing the presence of dependence. By directly treating opiate dependence, one can avoid many harmful consequences related to addiction.
When there is s sudden discontinuation of the opiate intake, several physiologic reactions can occur. The combination of these painful symptoms is known as withdrawal syndrome. Opiate withdrawal can be mild, severe or even life-threatening. Often people will continue using drugs, regardless of its harm, merely to avoid the withdrawal syndrome.
Opiate withdrawal can be a long and painful process. Although it is not typically life-threatening, withdrawal without proper medical assistance can lead to health risks, with possible serious complications. For patients with compromised health, a lack of physician monitoring during detox can lead to significant issues, including death. Safe treatment for opiate dependence requires adequate medical guidance and individualized care.
In the past, opiate-dependent individuals had no choice but to undergo a horrible painful withdrawal in rehab centers. These conventional and sometimes debilitating opiate withdrawal methods have shown to have no therapeutic benefits. On the contrary, unnecessary suffering keeps people from seeking the help they so desperately need.
Common Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms:
- Cold sweating
- Uncontrollable diarrhea
- Nausea and vomiting
- Aching limbs
- Severe depression
- Mounting panic
- Strong cravings
- Muscle aches
- A runny nose
- Dilated pupils.
Opiate deprivation can trigger unbearable pain and a cascade of bodily reactions. The fear of withdrawal has kept many from seeking the help they so desperately needed. Gratefully, the drug treatment space has evolved, and although not a health care professionals have, many have opened their minds to incredible discoveries in neuroscience.
Treatment Options for Opiate Withdrawal
Medical Detox includes supportive care by health professionals as well as medications to address symptoms and prevent complications.
Inpatient medical facilities, can monitor your health while making the opiate withdrawal phase much more comfortable, safe and with positive results. Furthermore, a qualified physician can tailor a treatment plan, that will fit the patients medical and dependence needs. It is crucial to know, that the right medical professional can provide the necessary monitoring to minimize the possibilities of unnecessary health risks and complications.
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Not a Detox, an Opioid Substitution
It is essential to know, that drugs like methadone and buprenorphine are themselves opioids. They prevent people from withdrawing, but they also extend the dependency on opioid medications. Although these drugs are much safer, by dosage and quality ( which can be more reliable than street drugs), they do substitute for one addictive drug for another.
Anesthesia Assisted Rapid Detox
Rapid detox is a medical procedure that quickly allows people to detox from opiate drugs, while under anesthesia. Rapid Detox is highly effective because complete detoxification is achieved, while the patient is asleep. Although the process itself lasts less than a couple of hours, the inpatient commitment varies from five to ten days. The additional time is crucial for a safe detox and proper recovery. Anesthesia detox is also hugely beneficial for those who suffer from anxiety that commonly accompanies opiate detox.
Also, our rapid detox aftercare program is available on a short-term or long-term basis, depending on the guest’s needs. Therefore, stays are available from a few days to a few weeks in length. Our exclusive recovery accommodations include private suites, where one can enjoy and calm, discreet and supportive environment.
The Best Treatment for Opiate Withdrawal
Waismann Method® – One of the most highly regarded opiate treatment centers in the country.
The best treatment centers, like the Waismann Method, provide patients the privacy, comfort and the higher level of medical care necessary to ease an opiate withdrawal. We recognize that opiate dependence is a reversible medical condition; one that is needs to be treated by physicians. Like with any other medical condition, opiate withdrawal treatment should be as unique as the patient’s specific needs.
With the Waismann Method®, most patients spend a few days in a private hospital to overcome the acute withdrawal, followed by a few days of recovery at our exclusive Domus Retreat. At the retreat, we offer around the clock assistance and therapeutic services to maximize the comfort and success of the detox. Most importantly, we respect our guests, their situation and their willingness to get better. Also, opioid dependence is a medical condition; therefore judgment and guilt are never a part of our treatment. Instead, we provide compassion, support, and respect.