Opium is a naturally occurring narcotic found in the seeds of the opium poppy plant and contains morphine.
Opium can be extracted to produce heroin, an illegal drug that has a high abuse potential. The cultivation of opium poppies dates back many civilizations in an effort to provide pain relief and deep sedation. It was also used for ritualistic purposes. Opium has been regulated around the world since the early twentieth century. Opium contains alkaloids including morphine, codeine and thebaine. Morphine was first isolated from the opium poppy in the early 1800’s. Heroin, first synthesized in 1874, was the first semi-synthetic opiate and was legally prescribed for a time. Oxycodone, derived from thebaine, was first synthesized in the early 1900’s and is marketed today under names including OxyContin and Percocet. Synthetic opiates including methadone and fentanyl have also been synthesized from opium and are prescribed today.
Prescription Drugs Derived from Opium Can Cause Addiction
Prescription opiate drugs that have been synthesized from opium’s alkaloids include Percocet, Lortab, Norco, OxyContin, Demerol, Methadone and Vicodin. Many are used therapeutically for pain relief or cough suppression. People who want to experience the “high” or euphoria associated with them also use these potent medications recreationally. Because they are so powerful, they have a tendency to be misused, abused and sold and traded illegally on the black market. Side effects associated with opiates can range from mild to severe. They can cause tolerance with regular use, physical and psychological dependence, withdrawal when use is stopped suddenly and potentially fatal overdose. A host of warnings and precautions accompanies all medications derived from opium. Opiate addiction is a serious problem around the world and requires a professional medical detox to ensure safety.
Opiate Addiction Can Be Wiped Out Quickly and Safely
Waismann Method provides a rapid detox to ease patients through the difficult withdrawal phase that accompanies opiate addiction. Other detox facilities rely on opiate replacements such as Suboxone and methadone to wean patients off other opiates. These medications are synthesized from opium as well, meaning they could potentially cause a second dependence and the need for another detox. We use intravenous medication to cleanse the opiates from patients’ receptors, wiping out the addiction once and for all. This takes less than two hours and patients are lightly anesthetized during it. The procedure accelerates withdrawal and patients awake from the procedure without the awareness they even experienced withdrawal symptoms. This managed withdrawal gives patients a dignified recovery and allows them to return to the life they deserve quickly. Patients stay in the hospital 3 to 6 days and can return home once discharged. If they feel they need to extend recovery, patients can opt to transition in our Domus Retreat aftercare facility. Our programs are safe, compassionate and totally discreet.
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