With the surge of new pharmaceuticals on the market aimed at blocking opiate receptors to eliminate dependency, it is more important than ever for people to recognize the potential dangers of precipitated opioid withdrawal without the supervision and guidance of a medical professional. Often times, opioid dependent patients believe that they can detox at home by taking opioid antagonists. However, this can be a serious and potentially dangerous mistake that could land them in the hospital or even the emergency room with painful withdrawal symptoms. Individuals should not mix drugs in an attempt to cure their opiate dependency as it can result in precipitated opioid withdrawal, as further explained below.
Drugs such as Vivitrol (naltrexone) ,Narcan (naloxone ), which are classified as opioid antagonists or mixed agonists/antagonists (Suboxone), are meant to help wean patients off of their painkiller dependency, yet they could sometimes generate painful withdrawal symptoms if combined with opioid agonists (Oxycontin, vicodin, morphine, and heroin). When these drugs are combined with the agonist, it can produce a condition called precipitated opioid withdrawal in which a person experiences the severe physical pain associated with the withdrawal process.
While the Waismann Method encourages individuals with opioid dependency to seek the best treatment options for their condition, it is of the utmost importance to understand that there is no at-home, quick fix. Taking an opioid antagonist without the supervision and care of a medical professional will not remedy opiate dependency. If you are seeking guidance on the best treatment option for you or your loved ones, we encourage you to consult your doctor or contact us for further assistance.