Understanding Opioid Detox
What Should You Know Before Choosing an Opioid Detox
What are Opioids?
A person who has developed a physical and psychological dependence will probably need a professional opioid detox to recover safely. Regular use of opioids, even over a relatively short-term period, can lead to dependence. Patients can build a tolerance to the drug, meaning the dosage becomes ineffective and more and more needs to be taken to reach the desired effect.
Opioid addiction has become a tremendous problem in the U.S. due to several factors including the high number of prescriptions. Opioid painkillers have become increasingly easier to obtain, both among patients seeking pain relief as well as recreational users. In 2015, over 33,000 Americans died as a result of an opioid overdose. Moreover, that same year, an estimated 2 million people suffered from substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioid painkillers, and 591,000 fell into heroin addiction.
Opioid detox is the first step in any responsible recovery program. It can be an intense process when attempted as an outpatient, but one that can be effectively medically managed when performed in an adequate medical facility. Additionally, an inpatient medical opioid detox ensures safety and maximizes the chance of recovery success.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids – including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.
For most people, the withdrawal phase is the toughest parts of overcoming an opiate addiction. The Waismann Method staff thoroughly understands the fear of suffering patients feel. For that reason, we make the detox as comfortable as possible, while keeping patients safe under adequate professional care.
When someone struggling with opiate use, stops or decreases the amount of drugs they are taking, physical and psychological symptoms called withdrawal might arise. When a doctor does not adequately manage a withdrawal, symptoms can include:
- A runny nose
- Restlessness or Anxiety
- Uncontrollable yawning
- Muscle aches and spasms
- Mood swings
- Inability to concentrate
- Rapid heart rate
- High blood pressure
- Nausea/ Vomiting
- Abdominal cramping
While these withdrawal symptoms combined are quite unbearable, an experienced physician can eliminate a significant portion of the discomfort.
A complete and successful opioid detox can be the beginning of a successful recovery. Undergoing withdrawal at a hospital is an ideal step to maximize comfort and minimize risk. Unattended opiate withdrawal can lead to dangerous and possibly life-threatening health complications.
Opioid Detox Treatment Options
There are several opioid detox and treatment options. Some treatment centers provide a more comprehensive approach than others. Many websites can be found, offering overnight cures, tips, and tricks for opiate withdrawal treatment. The risk and complications of such offerings are extensive. An inpatient medical detox, includes both pharmacological and emotional care, while under the supervision of both medical and mental health specialists. Furthermore, a medical facility provides patients with an array of resources to overcome the withdrawal phase safely and more comfortably. Only in a hospital setting, vital signs, such as blood pressure, respiration levels, body temperature, and heart rate, can all be carefully monitored and managed.
A hospital-based opioid detox may help smooth out withdrawal while minimizing uncomfortable side effects, preventing medical complications, and reducing drug cravings. This form of treatment can provide a good start towards an opioid-free life. In a hospital, various medications, as well as higher doses, can be used to aid the patient smoothly overcome the opioid detox process. Additionally, some medicines like Vivitrol or Naltrexone can further ease cravings which help prevent relapse.
Unassisted opioid detox may be life-threatening because it can lead to relapse and overdose. Medications provided by physicians in an inpatient opioid detox treatment makes the risks associated with withdrawal and relapse less likely.
Waismann Method® Unparalleled Success
Opioid dependence is a condition with both physical and emotional consequences, for this reason, treatment needs to be comprehensive. The Waismann Method® has been providing for nearly 20 years, the highest success rate of any opioid detox in history. Rapid opiate detox is a relatively short procedure that can offer patients, the perfect right foot forward into a successful recovery. The whole treatment plan usually lasts 5-10 days, including the inpatient phase in a private hospital followed by our exclusive recovery retreat.
Our Accredited Hospital can Provide Patients with:
- Private Rooms
- Multi-Board Certified Medical Director.
- Several specialized doctors for consult or assistance.
- ICU for Anesthesia Rapid Detox Treatment.
- No preset time limit for an inpatient stay.
- Immediate and urgent medical resources available 24/7.
At the Domus Retreat recovery therapies can include:
- Nutritional support, through individualized diet and vitamin supplements.
- Art Therapy
- Sleep Management
Our team of medical professionals understands the discomfort of the withdrawal symptoms. They have helped thousands of patients in the last two decades, navigate through an opioid detox process effectively and safely. Furthermore, medical drug detoxification can often provide the most successful outcome, while ensuring comfort and safety.