What are Opioids?

 

Treat for Addiction to Opioids | Waismann Method

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:

  • codeine
  • fentanyl
  • heroin
  • hydrocodone
  • hydromorphone
  • methadone
  • morphine
  • opium
  • oxycodone
  • oxymorphone
  • Suboxone
  • tramadol

 

As with all medications, opioids can produce side effects, some which can be somewhat short and others which can last longer and 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, both 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 extremely dangerous and lead to a fatal overdose.

 

Drug Dependence

Physical 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, in order to reach the same effects. Additionally, dependence occurs due to a physical need or response to the medication. When dependence occurs, 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 is predictable and could be reversed by an adequate medical treatment. Addiction happens when dependence 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 much opioid 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.

 

Opioid Detox ann Addiction Treatment by the Waismann Method®

Opioid addiction is a serious but treatable condition.  Efficient and safe treatment is available. Waismann Method is world-renowned for providing one of the highest detox success rates in history.  We first begin our treatment in a private accredited hospital with thorough medical evaluation. This practice gives us the ability to identify possible underlying issues and evaluates the best treatment plan for each patient.  If Rapid Detox is the chosen detoxification option, then our multi-board certified anesthesiologist proceeds with the opioid detoxification in the ICU. He will use a combination of sedatives and intravenous medications. The Waismann treatment can speed the withdrawal while the patient sleeps.

Opioid withdrawal symptoms can be challenging and sometimes complicated. An inpatient medical detox may provide the safest and smoothest way to overcome this challenging phase. After all, the medical stall will check and manage vital signs and particular medications which regulate brain and body functions.

The Waismann Method provides the most effective treatment option for addiction. Medical detoxification helps smooth out withdrawal symptoms, reduce risky side effects,  while also minimizing the drug cravings; The Waismann treatment can be your best step towards recovery.