What are Opioids?
Opioids include naturally occurring opiates derived from the opium poppy plant such as morphine and codeine, synthetic opiates such as fentanyl and semi-synthetic opiates including oxycodone and hydrocodone.
Opioids are thought to block pain signals in the brain by attaching to certain opioid receptors. While they are considered to be among the most effective pain reducers available, opioids can be highly addictive and pose risks including physical and mental dependence, withdrawal when regular use is stopped suddenly and overdose.
Uses for opioids include treatment of pain due to:
- Terminal illness
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Serious trauma or injury
Opioids and its Side Effects, Tolerance and Abuse
As with all medications, opioids can produce side effects, some which can be rather short-lived, and others which can last longer and be more serious.
One of the side effects that can be attractive to recreational users is euphoria. Opioids can cause feelings of sedation and relaxation, both which can he heightened by combining opioids with other substances and drugs. This is extremely dangerous and can cause a fatal overdose.
Opioids are central nervous system depressants that can be deadly when combined with other substances that have this same effect. These include alcohol, other narcotics, sleeping medication, muscle relaxers, tranquilizers and sedatives.
Recreational use and abuse of opioids has become quite a problem around the world. However, therapeutic use of opioids can be problematic as well. Issues may begin when a tolerance develops. At this point, patients need to take increasingly larger doses because the regular dose is no longer effective.
Opioid Detox by Waismann Method ®
Opioid addiction is serious but can be treated effectively and safely. Waismann Method is well known in the field of opiate detox in treating addiction. We begin our opiate treatment in the hospital with thorough medical testing in order to identify possible underlying issues and evaluate the best plan for opioid detoxification. If opioid anesthesia detoxification is indicated our multi-board certified anesthesiologist conducts the rapid opioid detox in the ICU , where he sedate patients and administer intravenous medications.
These medicines cleanse the drugs from patients’ opioid receptors, thereby eliminating the physical dependence. This process speeds up the opioid withdrawal, which can be very difficult and painful to manage otherwise.
This allows them to essentially bypass a painful and degrading withdrawal phase, allowing them to focus on returning to an opioid-free life. Waismann Method doesn’t use opiate replacement therapy with drugs such as methadone and Suboxone to wean patients. Our patients come to us in order to be opioid free and that is what we provide. Our anesthesia detox takes less than two hours and it requires patients to stay in the hospital for a total of 2 to 4 days. Patients are then transferred to our recovery center Domus Retreat , where they receive further assistance through the physical and emotional regulation period.