Opioids are narcotic drugs that have morphine-like properties. They’re most often prescribed for pain relief but can also provide cough suppression. Heroin, an illegal street drug, is included in this class of drugs. Commonly prescribed opioids include codeine, morphine, fentanyl, oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone and buprenorphine.
Opioid addiction is increasingly becoming a problem as they’ve become relatively easy to obtain through prescriptions and illegal means. Most people become addicted to their prescription medication through no fault of their own. Regular use can lead to a tolerance which means the drug’s effects are diminished and instead of talking to a doctor about alternatives, many people escalate use to achieve effects.
Opioids, which produce feelings of intense euphoria, are used recreationally by some people and prone to abuse and misuse. Most people who develop prescription painkiller addiction are “accidental addicts,” meaning their legitimate use of opioids including OxyContin , Demerol and Percocet becomes problematic over a period of time. Opioid addiction can be treated safely, effectively and with compassion.
Withdrawal Symptoms Point to Physical Addiction to Opioids
Waismann Method has spent more than a decade providing opioid detox for patients who are looking for a safe and discreet way to be free of their dependence. The use of opioid painkillers can lead to tolerance, addiction, withdrawal symptoms, the need for detox and even overdose and death. It’s important to take potentially habit-forming medications exactly as prescribed to avoid these risks. Signs of opioid addiction are unmistakable.
The biggest sign that a physical addiction has developed is when withdrawal symptoms set in once use is stopped. Opioid withdrawal can be intense and can cause life-threatening reactions such as seizures if not properly monitored by medical professionals. Withdrawal can make patients very sick with symptoms ranging from flu-like symptoms to tremors, hallucinations, aches and pains. Continuing use of opioids despite negative consequences can mean an addiction has or will soon develop.
Other signs include a preoccupation with obtaining and consuming the drug, escalating and chronic use and strong cravings that don’t subside unless you take the drug.
Safe, Medical Detox Can Get You Opioid Free in Days
Waismann Method’s medical detox for opiates begins with thorough testing to rule out possible underlying issues. Our in-hospital procedure then uses intravenous medication to cleanse opioids from patients’ symptoms while they sleep lightly under general sedation.
In less than two hours, they awake opioid-free without awareness that accelerated withdrawal took place. Being able to essentially skip a painful withdrawal gives patients the chance to recover much more quickly. We don’t use opiate substitutes such as methadone or Suboxone to wean patients as we know these can cause a second dependency.
Our total required hospital stay is 2 to 4 days, much less time than other opioid rehab facilities. Patients are then transferred to our transitional living facility, Domus Retreat. Here, patients receive compassionate and supportive aftercare with therapies including biofeedback, massage and group and individual counseling.