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 individual’s are abusing heroin. As a result, the annual cost of the opioid epidemic in the United States has amounted to $51 billion. Opioid users are ingesting, inhaling (chasing the dragon or CTD), injecting, sniffing and snorting these drugs.
What are Opioids?
Opioids 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 drugs are used to suppress a persistent cough and/or diarrhea.
Opioid drugs include naturally occurring opiates derived from the opium poppy plant such as morphine, heroin, and codeine. There are also synthetic opiates 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 which include both 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
Opioid use disorder is a medical condition which causes an intense desire to use opioids. It also leads to tolerance and withdrawal symptoms if there is abrupt discontinuation of the drug. Opioid dependence can manifest both physically and emotionally. For this reason, it is important to know drug dependence is different from drug addiction. A drug addiction results from chronic opioid abuse and the subsequent chemical changes which occur in the brain. 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 the body relies on an external source of opioids to prevent withdrawal symptoms from occurring. Addiction occurs when the dependence negatively interferes with daily life. Physical dependence and withdrawal are both predictable and reversible with adequate medical treatment.
What is an Opioid Addiction?
Opioid addiction is a condition that affects the way a person thinks and behaves. At first, a user has 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.
Certainly, the United States is in the midst of 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 important 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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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 have no sense of whats 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 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 with constant and intense monitoring. Also, an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals provides 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 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 as a mutually beneficial partnership between health care providers and patients. More importantly, our form of medical care redefines the relationships and outcomes in addiction treatment services.
The 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.
For more information about opioid detox treatment options, including details on Rapid Detox, please call 1-800-423-2482.