Opioids are a class of drugs, which act directly on the nervous system. Some examples include morphine, methadone, Buprenorphine, hydrocodone, fentanyl, oxycodone, and heroin.
Opioid addiction affects approximately 2.4 million people in the United States. Nearly 1 million of these individuals are abusing heroin. As a result, the opioid epidemic’s annual cost in the United States has amounted to $51 billion. Opioid users are ingesting, inhaling (chasing the dragon or CTD), injecting, sniffing, and snorting them.
What are Opioids?
They are potent analgesic drugs often prescribed to relieve acute pain or pain from serious illnesses such as cancer and chronic pain. In some cases, these types of medicines suppress persistent cough and diarrhea.
These drugs include naturally occurring opiates derived from the opium poppy plant, such as morphine, heroin, and codeine. There are synthetic opiates such as fentanyl and semi-synthetic like 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 symptoms, and overdose.
A list of the most common opioids are:
As with all medications, opioids can produce side effects. Some of these effects can be short, while others last longer and are more severe.
One of the side effects most attractive to recreational users is the sense of euphoria induced when ingested. Opioids can cause feelings of sedation and relaxation. However, when combined with other substances and drugs, they can be fatally dangerous. These substances can include alcohol, other narcotics, sleeping medication, muscle relaxers, tranquilizers, and sedatives. These drug combinations 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 moms before they get pregnant, so the next generation is not affected.
Opioid Use Disorder Symptoms
Opioid use disorder (OUD) is a medical term to describe a condition. OUD has potentially severe consequences, including addiction, overdoses, and even death. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSMM) describes the OUD as a problematic pattern of opioid use, which can lead to problems or distress, with at least two of the following occurring within 12 months:
- Taking more substantial amounts or taking the drug over a more extended period than intended.
- Persistent cravings or unsuccessful efforts to lower or control opioid use.
- Uncontrollable cravings, or a strong desire or urge to use the drug
- Reducing or giving up activities altogether because of opioid use.
- A substantial amount of time spent on obtaining the drug, using, or recovering from its effects.
- Issues with fulfilling obligations at work, school, or home.
- The continuous use of the drug despite having recurring social or interpersonal issues.
- Using opioids in physically hazardous situations.
- Continued opioid use despite ongoing physical or psychological problem likely to have been caused or worsened by opioids.
- Experiencing withdrawal or continue to use opioids to relieve or prevent withdrawal symptoms.
Opioid use disorder has several unique features. It can lead to physical dependence within a very short time. The abrupt attempt to stop using opioids leads to severe withdrawal symptoms, including:
- Generalized pain
- Insomnia and uncontrollable cravings.
Opioid addiction is a condition that affects the way a person thinks and behaves. At first, users have control over their decision of when and how many opioids they will use. Eventually, the addiction takes over a person’s ability to make responsible choices. Over time, brain function changes, and a powerful urge to use the drug, i.e., “cravings,” develops.
Indeed, the United States is amid a tragic opioid epidemic. In 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. Ninety-one 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 died of an opioid overdose in 2016. For this reason, it is essential to be aware of the signs and symptoms of opioid abuse. 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. However, these may not be permanent solutions. 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.
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We’re currently in the worst drug crisis in history. In 2016 alone, more than 59,000 people died from a drug overdose. Many people have no sense of what’s happening around them. If they cannot recognize the existing issues, they 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 keep piling up.
Opioid addiction is a severe but treatable condition. Efficient and safe detox treatment is available. Waismann Method® is world-renowned for providing one of the highest detox success rates in history. Treatment typically 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 each patient’s best treatment plan.
Our multi-board certified anesthesiologist provides rapid detox under anesthesia within an ICU. An intensive care unit provides patients with constant and intense monitoring. Also, an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals offers immediate care for the patients. This team includes critical care intensivists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, critical care nurses, respiratory therapists, and much more. Ultimately, we believe in offering the highest level of medical care available. We also know that opioid-dependent patients’ metabolisms are more fragile than most. Having the extra medical support is not a luxury but a wise available recourse.
The Waismann Detox staff will work with you and your loved ones to identify the best option and ensure comfort, health, safety, quality of service, and privacy. We approach planning, evaluating health care, and delivering treatments as a mutually beneficial partnership between health care providers and patients. More importantly, our medical care form redefines the relationships and outcomes in opioid use disorder treatment services.
Waismann Method® team recognize the vital role they play in a patient’s journey to an opioid-free life. They also acknowledge that emotional and social support are integral components of health care. Finally, they promote trust and compassion to help patients restore dignity and hope. Waismann practitioners will listen to and honor patients perspectives and choices.
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