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 chronic cough and diarrhea.
Opioids include naturally occurring opiates derived from the opium poppy plant such as morphine and codeine, 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.
Opioids Side Effects, Dependency and Addiction
As with all medications, opioids can produce side effects, some which can be rather short-lived, 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, both which can be heightened 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.
Dependence is different from 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 a need for increasing amounts of the drug, in order to reach the same effects. Dependence occurs due to a physical need or response to the medication, and it also causes 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?
Addiction is a condition that affects the way you think and behave. At first, you have control over your choice to start using and abusing opioid drugs, but eventually, the addiction takes over your ability to make responsible decisions. Over time, your brain function changes and you develop a powerful urge “cravings” to use the drug.
Opioid Detox by the Waismann Method®
Opioid addiction is serious but can be treated efficiently and safely. Waismann Method is world-renowned for providing one of the highest opioid detox success rates in history. We 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 indicated, our multi-board certified anesthesiologist proceeds with the opioid detoxification in the ICU, with the aid of sedatives and intravenous medications. This treatment speeds 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 difficult phase successfully. Vital signs are closely monitored, and medications are used to regulate brain and body functions.
The Waismann Method provides patients with a treatment option that helps smooth out withdrawal, reduce side effects, prevent medical complications while minimizing drug cravings; it can be the best start towards recovery.