Opioids are a class of drugs, which act directly on the nervous system. Some examples include morphine, methadone, Buprenorphine, hydrocodone, fentanyl, oxycodone, and heroin.
What are Opioids?
Opioids are potent analgesic drugs that are often prescribed to relieve acute pain, pain from serious illnesses such as cancer and chronic pain. In some cases, these types of drugs are also used to suppress a persistent cough and diarrhea.
Opioids include naturally occurring opiates derived from the opium poppy plant such as morphine and codeine. There are synthetic ones such as fentanyl and semi-synthetic forms including oxycodone and hydrocodone. While they are considered to be among the most effective pain reducers available, they can also be highly addictive. Furthermore, they pose additional risks including physical and mental dependence, withdrawal syndrome and overdose.
A list of the most common opioids are:
As with all medications, opioids can produce side effects, some of which can be short and others which can last longer and are more severe.
One of the side effects that can be attractive to recreational users is the euphoria. Opioids can cause feelings of sedation and relaxation, which can become fatally dangerous by combining other substances and drugs. These substances can include alcohol, other narcotics, sleeping medication, muscle relaxers, tranquilizers, and sedatives. This drug combination can be hazardous and lead to a fatal overdose.
Studies show that 55 percent to 94 percent of newborns exposed to opioids develops withdrawal symptoms. We need to offer effective treatment for the moms before they get pregnant, so the next generation is not affected.
Opioid Use Disorder
Opioid use disorder is a medical condition which causes an intense desire to use opioids. It also leads to tolerance and withdrawal syndrome if there is an abrupt discontinuation of the drug. Opioid dependence can manifest both physically and emotionally. It is important to know that drug dependence is different from drug addiction, and it is all manifestations of brain changes resulting from chronic opioid abuse. Usually, after a prolonged period of use, a person can develop tolerance, a need for increasing amounts of the drug, to reach the same effects. Additionally, dependence occurs due to a physical need or a response to the medication. When dependence happens, the lack of the substance will create a withdrawal.
In short, a physical dependence means that the body relies on an external source of opioids to prevent a withdrawal syndrome from occurring. Physical dependence and withdrawal are predictable and reversible with the adequate medical treatment. Addiction occurs when the dependence negatively interferes with daily life.
What is an Opioid Addiction?
Opioid addiction is a condition that affects the way you think and behave. At first, you have control over your decision of when and how many opioids you will use. Eventually, the addiction takes over your ability to make responsible choices. Over time, your brain function changes and you develop a powerful urge “cravings” to use the drug.
The United States is in the midst of a tragic opioid epidemic. On October 2017, HHS Acting Secretary Declared a Public Health Emergency According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 140 Americans die from drug overdoses daily. 91 of those deaths are specifically due to opioids. Furthermore, 52,404 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2015; preliminary numbers already indicate that at least 64,000 people also died of an opioid overdose 2016. The signs and symptoms of opioid abuse can be physical, behavioral, and emotional.
Some of the signs and symptoms include:
- Poor coordination
- Slurred speech
- Tiny pupils
- Slow breathing
- Poor decision making
- Lack of responsibility
- Sleeping (more than usual)
- Lack of motivation
There are a variety of treatments for opioid addiction. Some addiction doctors can prescribe certain medications to avoid withdrawal symptoms. These can include methadone or buprenorphine drugs like Suboxone. The issue with those drugs is they are also opioids and eventually you will have to detox from them. In other words, they are maintenance drugs to delay withdrawal. The good news is that there is an effective treatment. You can obtain a complete opioid detox in a hospital. There is no reason to stay handcuffed to opioid addiction anymore.
Detox Treatment for Opioids
We’re currently in the worst drug crisis in history; in 2016 alone, more than 59,000 people died from drug overdose. Many people simply have no sense of whats happening around them. If they cannot recognize the existing issues, they also cannot take the necessary precautions. Signs of opioid abuse can be relatively easy to hide. We see patients who hide their addiction from loved ones that live in the same home. Plenty of people struggle with a secret addiction while the risks and negative consequences just keep piling on.
Opioid addiction is a serious but treatable condition and efficient and safe treatment is available. Waismann Method® is world-renowned for providing one of the highest detox success rates in history. Treatment often begins in a private, accredited hospital after a comprehensive medical evaluation. With this extensive medical care, our doctors can identify possible underlying conditions while determining the best treatment plan for each patient.
Rapid Detox for Opioids
When Rapid Detox is the chosen detoxification option, our multi-board certified anesthesiologist proceeds with the anesthesia-assisted detoxification within an ICU. An intensive care unit provides patients constant and intense monitoring. In an ICU, there is an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals who provide immediate care for the patients. This team can include critical care intensivist, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, critical care nurse, respiratory therapist and much more. We believe in offering the highest level of medical care available. We also know that opioid-dependent patients’ metabolisms have been overly compromised. Having the extra medical support is not a luxury, but a wise available recourse.
The Waismann staff will work with you and your loved ones to support detox choices and ensure comfort, health, safety, quality of service, and privacy. We approach the planning, evaluation of health care and delivery of treatments a mutually beneficial partnership among health care providers and patients. Our individual form of medical care redefines the relationships and outcomes in addiction treatment services.
The Waismann Method® team recognize the vital role they play on the patient will to begin an opioid-free life. They also acknowledge that emotional and social support are integral components of health care. They promote trust and compassion which helps patients restore dignity and hope. Waismann practitioners will listen to and honor patients perspectives and choices.
For more information about opioid detox treatment options, including details on Rapid Detox, please call 1-800-423-2482.